Emile Smith Rowe returned from the second injury of his loan spell on Saturday, coming off the bench for RB Leipzig against Bayern Munich.
Smith Rowe joined Leipzig on loan in January with all parties fully aware that he was injured, and wouldn’t be able to play until he’d undergone some rehabilitation. Eventually, he completed his recovery to appear as a substitute against Wolfsburg last month, only to suffer a setback keeping him out until this weekend.
Having recovered and returned to full fitness again, Smith Rowe made Leipzig’s squad against Bayern. With just over five minutes to go and the scores level, he came off the bench to make his second appearance for the team.
Five minutes isn’t really enough time to make a substantial impact, but Smith Rowe did make an interception and a few passes, as well as testing the defence with a run that was almost found by a teammate. He’ll now hope to play a part in Leipzig’s final two fixtures of the season over the next couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Reiss Nelson came on for the last 15 minutes of Hoffenheim’s 1-0 defeat to Werder Bremen. I’ve already expressed my disappointment at how he’s only being introduced when Hoffenheim are losing or have just conceded recently, so I won’t go into that again.
It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to both players this summer. My guess is that Nelson will be given a chance to nail down a place in the first-team squad this summer, whilst Smith Rowe will probably head out on a second loan. We’ll have to wait and see.