Sascha Mölders’ wife publicly laments Augsburg striker’s exclusion from Europa League roster

FC Augsburg have surprisingly left Sascha Mölders off their 25-man Europa League roster. The fan favourite struggled with injury last season, but has been action from the start of the current season. Despite being linked to MSV Duisburg during the summer transfer window, the 30-year-old has decided to stay with the Fuggerstädter (his contract expires in 2017).

The fact that Mölders was given playing time in each of the first three Bundesliga matches was interpreted by many as a sign that he was getting closer to his first Bundesliga start since the 23rd of November 2014, when he played for 60 minutes in a 1-0 win over Stuttgart.

Mölder’s wife Ivonne published her views on Facebook after the decision was made public, she wrote:

Schon traurig einen Vollblutfussballer der sich seit Jahren den Arsch aufreißt für seinen Traum, ganz am Boden zu sehen

It’s pretty sad to see a full-blooded footballer, who has worked his ass off for years toward his dream, just left on the floor.

The fans commenting on the post seem to agree with her point of view. One fan comments that the club is being ungrateful, given the years of service and the amount of important goals the striker has provided. Another fan goes as far as speculating that this might be a punishment for Mölders deciding to stay at Augsburg instead of leaving the club during the summer transfer window.

Other omissions

Augsburg’s first goal-scorer in the Bundesliga isn’t the only player who is going to miss out on the club’s European adventure, at least until the end of the group phase. In addition to Mölders, convalescent midfielder Jan Moravek, Shawn Parker, who is still working his way back from an ACL tear, and Daniel Opare have also been excluded from the team’s Europa League squad.

FC Augsburg Europa League squad:

Goalkeepers: Manninger, Gelios, Hitz

Defenders: Verhaegh, Stafylidis, Klavan, Janker, Callsen-Bracker, Hong, Max, Rieder

Midfielders: Feulner, Baier, Werner, Trochowski, Koo, Kohr

Attackers: Altintop, Esswein, Ji, Matavz, Bobadilla, Caiuby

What do you think? Should Mölders have been included in FCA’s Europa League squad?

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.