In a season that will be littered with uncertainty, the last thing domestic clubs needed right now was an international break.
A number of players – including Hertha Berlin’s Matteo Guendouzi and, according to German media reports, Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric and Kasim Adams – have returned home with positive COVID-19 tests.
The virus risks, coupled with the extra strain of competitive football following a limited pre-season, have made life difficult for coaches and players alike.
Nevertheless, the show must go on and the coming weeks will prove which clubs are best placed to deal with the unprecedented pressures.
Leipzig’s new man ready to fire?
While Erling Haaland once again stole the headlines as he bagged a hat-trick for Norway against Romania, his partner in crime also made a strong impression. RB Leipzig’s new frontman Alexander Sorloth enhanced his own reputation as he grabbed a goal and an assist.
Despite towering at 191 centimeters, the Norwegian possesses a deceptive burst of pace, much like his compatriot at Dortmund, and should be comfortable leading Julian Nagelsmann’s pressing machine.
He may not be a like-for-like replacement for Timo Werner, but the 24-year-old scored 31 in 41 games for Turkish side Trabzonspor last season and offers Nagelsmann a chance to refine his system.
It would be a surprise if he’s not thrust straight into action as RB look to continue a promising start to the campaign against second-placed Augsburg.