Jonas Hofmann is back in full team training after having recovered from an MCL tear in his knee. We spoke to the 25-year old about his injury and his goals for the rest of the season.
Jonas, you trained with the rest of the team for the first time today since picking up your injury. How did it go?
Hofmann: It was nice to be out on the pitch again. I was ready to train on Tuesday but I had to travel to Düsseldorf with a few of the other boys to complete a lactate test. Today I was able to take part in the full training session and it was very fun.
You have been unavailable for selection since the match against Hoffenheim because of an MCL tear in your knee. Back then, you said that your injury made you feel like your world had fallen apart. How did you deal with the recovery period?
Hofmann: Injuries always shake up your world when you are a footballer. I was out for around nine weeks, but the time actually went quite quickly. There are definitely worse injuries out there. I am really happy that everything healed well and looked exactly like it did before. I am looking forward now.
What goals do you and the rest of the team have for the second half of the season?
Hofmann: We want to be playing in Europe next season. That is our goal. Personally, I hope that I can settle in well again after my injury. I hope I can stay injury-free and play as well as I did last season.
You have played in several different positions for Borussia. What is your favourite?
Hofmann: That’s true. I have played as a striker, a winger and as a defensive midfielder but in fact, I don’t really have a favourite position. I am simply just happy to be back on the pitch after such a long time out injured. I don’t mind where the head coach puts me. I think that managers are pleased to have players who are flexible and can fill a number of different positions. Personally, I see it as an advantage.
The Bundesliga season restarts in just a few weeks with the derby against Köln. You have not travelled to a winter training camp this year, instead you and the team are preparing at BORUSSIA-PARK. How do you feel about that?
Hofmann: I like it. The winter weather is going to continue for a few months, so we will be well prepared for the upcoming months if we train in these conditions.
You have to go without the sun throughout the winter months, but during the winter break you were in Dubai with a few of your teammates.
Hofmann: That’s right. I was there with Lars Stindl and Tobi Sippel. We travelled together to Dubai and met Yann Sommer and Christoph Kramer there too. We also bumped into Marco Reus. On the flight, we also saw Christian Heidel and Oliver Baumann.
Did you have time to relax on your holiday?
Hofmann: Absolutely. The weather was great and we stayed in a nice place. We had to keep up with our fitness training but we still had time to relax. It was a great holiday.
It is no secret that you are a big darts fan. Were you able to follow the World Cup?
Hofmann: Yes, I followed it. It was not shown on television in Dubai but there were plenty of live streams on the internet. I watched the final at home on television but was disappointed with the result.