With a squad that is still ravaged by injuries, the Fohlenelf started a new week of training on Tuesday morning.
Head coach Dieter Hecking could only call on 15 outfield players for the first training session of the new week. Aside from the players with long-term injury lay-offs such as Oscar Wendt, Ibrahima Traoré, Mamdou Doucouré and Julio Villalba, Denis Zakaria also had to sit out due to an illness. “We have to keep on improvising. It means that we don’t have the depth to keep up with other teams at the moment,” Hecking said.
The Borussia coach is not expecting the situation with his squad to change all that much before this Saturday’s away trip to Bayer Leverkusen either. “You always hope that players will be able to come back from their injuries in time to play. Realistically, however, I don’t think anyone will be able to make a return before the international break in two weeks time,” he said.
Johnson and Stobl close to returning
Nonetheless, there is still some positive news to report. Raffael (calf injury) was able to train individually today, László Bénes (thigh injury) did some running exercises while Tobias Stobl (torn ACL) and Fabian Johnson (back problems) are very close to making their return to team training. “They’ve both been out for such a long time that I don’t think they’ll be able to help us for a little while yet though,” Hecking warned.
Hecking and the rest of the Foals have another training session this afternoon (15:30 CET) on the cards, before they return to the training pitches on Wednesday (10:00 CET), Thursday (not open to the public) and Friday (15:00 CET).