The 30-year-old centre-back, who was out of action for two months following meniscus surgery, came on as a 78th-minute substitute in Rotterdam’s 4-2 away win at Fortuna Sittard on Sunday. Originally, the Upper Austrian was expected to take a mandatory break of up to three months.
This puts Trauner back at the disposal of the leaders of the Eredivisie in the championship fight. “It’s still a bit early because he’s only trained twice. But of course it’s nice that he’s getting his rhythm back and is back. That gives us more options,” said Feyenoord coach Arne Slot Return of his defense chief.
Trauner could also be an issue for the ÖFB team in the European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan (March 24) and Estonia (March 27). Under head coach Ralf Rangnick, the veteran was part of the permanent staff. The defender switched from LASK to Rotterdam in the summer of 2021 for around one million euros.