After an injury lay-off lasting several months, Fabian Johnson returned to team training on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the Fohlenelf are preparing for the upcoming game in Leverkusen.
The USA international last made an appearance for the Fohlenelf in the away game against VfL Wolfsburg at the beginning of December. He has been out ever since due to persistent back problems. Johnson has been working hard in rehab training to make his comeback over the past few weeks and has now been able to return to team training. “I don’t have any complaints about my back anymore and I’m hoping to make the next step,” says Johnson. However, an appearance in a competitive match will not be happening straight away after a length injury lay-off. “I have to put in one or two extra shifts before that, and then I’ll have to see how things go,” says Johnson.
"Another big challenge"
While the midfielder is happy about his return to team training, his teammates are in the middle of their preparations for Saturday evening’s away game in Leverkusen (KO 18:30 CET). “It’ll be yet another big challenge for us,” acknowledges goalkeeper Yann Sommer. “Leverkusen are very stable at the moment and they’ve been playing with confidence recently. For us, it’ll come down to how tight we can be in defence and how we fare in the challenges to make it as difficult as possible for them to use their chances.” Head coach Dieter Hecking has scheduled two more training sessions ahead of the Leverkusen game – one behind closed doors on Thursday and another on Friday at 15:00 CET.