Following a short break, head coach Dieter Hecking will be expecting his players back at BORUSSIA-PARK on Tuesday, 2 January at 10:00 CET for the team’s first training session of 2018.
They have been enjoying some holiday time in Brazil, Dubai, the Maldives or simply at home with their families, but the VfL squad will return to BORUSSIA-PARK tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 2 January) as Dieter Hecking looks to prepare the side for the second half of the season. It has been exactly 13 days since Borussia’s last competitive match and the players have had the chance to recharge their batteries after the 1-0 defeat in the DFB-Pokal round of 16 against Bayer Leverkusen. The Fohlenelf’s next Bundesliga outing is not far away, with the derby away at 1. FC Köln to come next weekend (14 January, 15:30 CET). The club decided this year that they would not include a winter training camp in their preparations for the new year due to the short length of the break. BORUSSIA-PARK will instead be the venue for Hecking and his staff to lay the foundations for the players to perform successfully in the second half of the season. The players’ fitness has largely not suffered during the last couple of weeks and each player was provided with an individual training plan for the holiday period.
Hofmann set to return to training
Hecking is also likely to be able to welcome back several names who had been nursing injuries in recent weeks. Raffael, whose calf had been causing him some problems towards the end of the year, is expected to be back. The coaching staff will assess how Christoph Kramer copes with the first few days of training after he was sidelined with a shoulder and neck issue. Jonas Hofmann is finally ready to make his comeback from months out with a partial tear to his medial collateral ligament. Ibrahima Traoré (muscle strain), Fabian Johnson (back injury), László Bénes (broken metatarsal), Mamadou Doucouré (muscle tear) and Tobias Strobl (cruciate ligament rupture) remain unavailable due to longer term injuries.
Oxford back in England
Reece Oxford will also not be at the training ground. The 19-year-old defender returned to West Ham during the winter break to take part in first-team training. However Borussia’s sporting director Max Eberl remains in talks with the Premier League club’s representatives in London on the possibility of signing Oxford on a permanent deal.