On Monday morning, the Foals began preparations for the visit of FC Schalke 04 with captain Lars Stindl taking part in team training again for the first time since the start of his lengthy injury-spell.
In the absence of nine Borussia players out on international duty, head coach Dieter Hecking led 15 outfield players and three goalkeepers out onto the training pitch on Monday morning. For the first time in four months, Lars Stindl was able to complete parts of the team training session. "I am happy to have taken the next step towards recovery," said the captain. Michael Lang is also close to making his comeback after being ruled out of action with a partial tear to the collateral ligament in his right knee. "We will decide tonight whether it makes sense for him to return to training as soon as tomorrow," said Hecking.
Patrick Herrmann, who missed the friendly against Bochum with ankle problems and completed an individual session alongside Michael Lang this morning, could also join his teammate in a return to the training pitch. "If Patrick copes with today’s sessions well, he’ll take part in a team session tomorrow and then be back to full team training by Wednesday," Hecking explained.
Raffael and Drmic still recovering
Raffael and Josip Drmic on the other hands will have to be patient. The Brazilian has been suffering from calf problems since the Bochum friendly, while his Swiss teammate has been experiencing pack problems for some days now. "We have to wait and see for both of them how quickly they recover," commented Hecking. On Tuesday, the boss will summon his players out onto the pitch for two training sessions; one at ten in the morning, the other at half past three in the afternoon, for which Jordan Beyer is expected to be the first of the nine internationals to return.
The other eight international players will be back in time for Wednesday afternoon’s session. On Thursday and Friday, Die Fohlen will train behind closed doors before taking on Schalke in a sold-out BORUSSIA-PARK at 18:30 CEST on Saturday.