Tuesday, 23rd January 2018, Berlin: Day two of Werder Bremen preparations are underway and manager Pál Dárdai continues to be faced with questions regarding personnel. As on Monday, the boss was without a number of players as his team completed another day of training at Schneckendorffplatz. Alongside Karim Rekik and Rune Jarstein - both out with muscle injuries - Mitchell Weiser was also absent on Tuesday, having already pulled out of Monday’s 90 minute practice match with his teammates. "I receive information on his progress every day. We’re expecting to have him at the weekend, but with muscle problems we’re always cautious and don’t want to risk anything," said Dárdai.
A further precautionary measure saw Fabian Lustenberger sit out of team training and complete an individual programme. "Lusti is feeling a nig in his thigh and will have shorter training sessions for a couple of days," explained the head coach. "The important thing is that he participates in the final training session," he added, looking ahead to Saturday’s clash with Werder Bremen.
Kraft between the sticks
Jarstein’s break from training means that on matchday 20 in Bremen, the Hertha goal will be kept once more by Thomas Kraft. "Thomas is an experienced competitor and will play for us," assured Dárdai, praising the talisman: "He was always full of determination when he wasn’t playing as well – he would fight for every ball in training and only ever had the team win in mind. I think very highly of him, and he’s improved in a lot of areas recently, technically especially."