NEWS: 02.01.2018

Fohlenelf prepare for the return of the Bundesliga

Fohlenelf prepare for the return of the Bundesliga
Patrick Herrmann and Julio Villalba compete for the ball in training

The Fohlenelf returned to training after the winter break on Tuesday. The first tam squad split into two groups in Tuesday’s training session. Dieter Hecking worked with one group on the pitches, whilst the other group completed obligatory lactate tests.

At 10:00 CET, Christoph Kramer, Jannik Vestergaard, Thorgan Hazard, Jonas Hofmann, Tony Jantschke, Marcel Benger, Justin Hoffmanns and Louis Beyer got on the team bus to travel to Düsseldorf where they would complete their obligatory lactate tests.

The other eleven outfield players had already completed their lactate test before the winter break and stayed at BORUSSIA-PARK to complete their first training session of the year under Dieter Hecking. A number of fans attended the session to see the players complete a session with starting with intense fitness exercises, before moving onto passing and technical drills. The training session lasted around an hour and a half.

“The atmosphere was very good. Every player was eager to get back on the ball after the break,” said assistant coach Dirk Bremser. “We only have twelve days until the Bundesliga returns. The players know that they are going to have to work very hard until then. Borussia will not be travelling to a winter training camp this year and will instead prepare for the second half of the season at BORUSSIA-PARK.

Raffael completes fitness session

Still struggling with a calf problem, Raffael could not take part in the full team training session on Tuesday. Instead, the Brazilian completed a fitness session with rehabilitation coach Andy Bluhm. Ibrahima Traoré (torn muscle), Fabian Johnson (back problems), László Bénes (broken foot), Mamadou Doucouré (torn muscle) and Tobias Strobl (cruciate ligament rupture) will all still be out injured for some time. Raul Bobadilla also did not take part in Tuesday’s session as he is struggling with problems with his pelvis.

Reece Oxford was also missing on Tuesday. The 19-year old has in fact returned to West Ham United and trained in London over Christmas. Borussia sporting director Max Eberl is in talks with the London club about signing Oxford on a permanent deal.