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Kevin Volland available as substitute vs. SC Freiburg

Bayer Leverkusen has one of their key players available in their match with SC Freiburg. Their second leading scorer, Kevin Volland, is available as a substitute in this game.

Kevin Volland of Bayer 04 Leverkusen controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Porto at BayArena on February 20, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland hasn’t played since mid-February because of a torn ligament in his ankle, but could take the field against SC Freiburg Saturday for the first time in months. Volland isn’t in the starting lineup, but has been made available as a substitute after going through training this week.

Kai Havertz has filled in well as a #9 during Volland’s absence, but the return of the leading goal scorer could put Leverkusen over the top as it pushes to make a run at a Bundesliga title.

Leverkusen enters Friday’s match with 53 points and sits in fifth place in the standings. Borussia Mönchengladbach has a narrow lead in fourth thanks to goal differential while RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Munich make up the top three.

Havertz’s four goals since May 16th have been huge for Leverkusen, but he wasn’t enough to power past Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Attaining more offensive firepower will be key to improving Leverkusen’s slim chances of catching Bayern — which sits atop the table with 67 points.