'Surfer Dude' Langerak's Stuttgart dilemma

Mitch Langerak’s return to fitness has created a dilemma at VfB Stuttgart ahead of the resumption of the German Bundesliga in less than a fortnight.

Langerak returned following six months out with injury by playing a full game in Thursday’s 2-1 friendly win over Turkish club Antalyaspor.

It was Langerak’s first competitive appearance for Stuttgart since his switch from Borussia Dortmund, which has been dogged by unfortunate injuries.

The Australian, who got married in Melbourne earlier this month, has only recently re-joined full training with his team-mates and still needs to regain full fitness.

Przemyslaw Tyton has been struggling Stuttgart’s number one in Langerak’s absence and after a slow start has impressed, but boss Jurgen Kramny now has a dilemma.

"Of course Tyton has more match practice but we'll see how it goes,” Kramny told Bild.

Stuttgart return to action away to FC Koln on Saturday 23 January but in the meantime, they have friendlies against Hannover 96 and Wurzburger Kickers.

Stuttgart goalkeeping coach Marco Langner told Bild: “They are two different types. Tyton is rather a gazelle, Langerak a cat.

“We are glad that Mitch has recently made ​​great strides. Mitch is a positive type, an Australian surfer dude and the team is doing well. He is very ambitious.”