Hofmann helps Gladbach beat Stuttgart

Midfielder Jonas Hofmann made his comeback with a goal to help Borussia Monchengladbach return to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 triumph against VfB Stuttgart.

Hofmann, who was sidelined for around two weeks due to a shoulder injury, scored Gladbach's opener in the fourth minute, completing a pass from Alassane Plea with a stunning first-time finish.

The midfielder is among the favourites to make it to Germany coach Hansi Flick's final list for the World Cup in Qatar.

Bundesliga top scorer Marcus Thuram extended Gladbach's lead in the 25th, before Tiago Tomas pulled one back for Stuttgart 10 minutes later.

But the visitors were not able to build on from that goal after the break. Their best chance came in the 83rd minute but Tobias Sippel made an incredible save.

Patrick Herrmann then wrapped up matters for Gladbach with a goal in stoppage time.

Gladbach had endured a sequence of four winless games, including two defeats in the Bundesliga and the German Cup elimination to second-division Darmstadt. With Friday's result, they moved up to seventh.

Stuttgart, meanwhile, remain 15th and dangerously close to the relegation zone.

They have just two points more than Bayer Leverkusen, who sit in the relegation play-off spot and host leaders Union Berlin on Sunday.

Champions Bayern Munich visit Hertha Berlin on Saturday, when Borussia Dortmund welcome Bochum and RB Leipzig travel to Hoffenheim.