New Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath has moved to retract the comments he made last week over the fitness of his squad.
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The 57-year-old, who began a second stint at the Volkswagen Arena 10 days ago, criticised the ‘poor condition’ of the players he inherited from ex-England boss Steve McClaren on his arrival.
But the boss, who returned to Wolfsburg two days after he was sacked by their Bundesliga rivals Schalke, performed a U-turn on those remarks on Monday, revealing he has since been impressed by the squad.
He told Deutsche Presseagentur: "At the start I had been surprised by the condition the team was in. They did not impress me.
"But now the players are working hard and enjoying it.
"This is why I am able to say I have to qualify my initial statement on the team."
Magath, who guided Wolfsburg to the 2008-09 Bundesliga title during his original spell with the club between 2007 and 2009, also revealed Denmark defender Simon Kjaer is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines after picking up an injury while on international duty.
"Simon Kjaer will be out of action for some time," added Magath. "He has sustained an injury while in training with Denmark last week.
"He has returned to our club and his injury has been examined by our doctors."