Even before team training began, Mitchell Weiser had to complete a sprint test to prove that he was fully-recovered. Then he had to rush back to Schenkendorffplatz for Pál Dárdai’s briefing ahead of the session. The short but intense test showed that the 23-year-old has lost none of his sharpness during his two week absence. “I was lucky not to be out for too long and it was really fun to be back in training with the boys,” said the winger after the 90-minute training session.
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Of course Pál Dárdai was over the moon with Weiser’s return. “Mitch passed his stress test on Monday and was back in full training today. It’s great to see him back and now we just have to wait and see how he feels afterwards and how his muscles recover,” explained the coach with one eye looking forward to this Saturday’s fixture against Bayer Leverkusen. Rune Jarstein was also back in full training after he was absent from the previous three sessions. “If Rune trains for the whole week, then he will be able to play on Saturday,” revealed Dárdai on his plans for the number 22. Jarstein’s compatriot Per Skjelbred trained individually but only as a precautionary measure, as Dárdai told us, “He’ll probably be back as usual on Wednesday.”
Rekik is making progress
Karim Rekik is on the road to recovery, even if he will not quite be available for the match against second place Leverkusen this weekend. The Dutchman trained with fitness coach Hendrik Vieth. The central defender made his last appearance on matchday 16. Dárdai had this to say on Rekik’s return, “Things are looking positive but he still has some work to do. I reckon he needs a couple more weeks before he is back in team training.” Ondrej Duda and Julian Schieber sat out training because of the same muscular problems that they had last week.
The trio will not be in the two sessions on Wednesday, or those on Thursday and Friday. On Friday afternoon the team will travel to Leverkusen ahead of Saturday’s fixture.