Borussia Monchengladbach held a training session on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s home game against VfL Wolfsburg (K.O. 15:30 CET), which saw two returnees in Raffael and Jonas Hoffman.
Two months after suffering a broken collarbone in Gladbach’s game against Hoffenheim, Raffael took part in his first training session on Wednesday afternoon. “I’m doing well, everything is good with my shoulder. I’m really enjoying being back in action. I have been out for two months so obviously need a few days to get back to being 100%,” said Raffael after the 90-minute session.
Jonas Hofmann was the second player returning from injury. The midfielder completed his first full training session with the squad since the start of February, after picking up an ankle injury when Borussia faced Schalke. “We ran checks on everything yesterday and I took part today without any problems. Everything is good now and I am available for Saturday,” explained Hofmann.
Plea out with stomach flu
Despite two players returning, Borussia were still not back to full strength for today’s session: Alassane Plea didn’t take part due to stomach flu, whilst Josip Drmic (groin) and Michaël Cuisance (Achilles tendon) were also unavailable. Denis Zakaria is not at full fitness due to a knock to his foot suffered in the process of scoring against Frankfurt. Ibrahima Traoré (groin) and Mamadou Doucouré (torn hamstring) also missed out. As a result, U23s player Aaron Herzog trained with the first-team squad.
“An interesting game”
Gladbach will resume preparations for Saturday’s game with a second session on Wednesday. Part of the group will train individually on weights, whilst the other group will be out on the field. On Thursday the team training will be a private session, and the final session before matchday will be held at 15:30 CET on Friday.
“Wolfsburg are hitting some good form and are a secure team. They have a clear style of play and are also strong on the road. It will be an interesting game between two strong sides - we hope the stadium will be full,” said assistant manager Dirk Bremser, who, along with head coach Dieter Hecking, will be facing his former club on Saturday.