The Hertha players were given a day to rest on Sunday after the goalless draw in Mainz the previous day. However, Pál Dárdai and his side were back out training on Monday although the Hungarian has a much smaller squad to work with over the next two weeks. Alongside those absent on international duty, Hertha currently have seven players out with injury.
Marius Gersbeck, Marko Grujic and Jordan Torunarigha have been joined by four more players on the Hertha injury list. Niklas Stark, who had to be replaced during the Mainz match, will be out for a few days due to swelling on his foot. Teammate Karim Rekik is also unable to train for a few days due to a thigh muscle problem. “It is nothing significant, he just needs a few days off,” said Dárdai who gave the Dutchman his support for a quick return. The coach is not looking forward to any potential problems in defence that could arise due to these injuries. “If Rainer (Widmayer) was able to play, then everything would be fine,” says Dárdai as he smiles at his assistant coach, who was also once a central defender.
Remaining patient with Darida
Dennis Jastrzembski, who had been included in the Germany U19 squad for their training camp in Cyprus, has withdrawn from the squad at short notice due to a calf problem. The biggest absentee, however, could be Julius Kade, who is set for a long period out because of a serious ankle injury.
In better news, Vladimir Darida has returned to full team training after making his first appearance of the season for the Hertha U23s side since recovering from a knee injury. “He is making progress each day and he is not afraid to challenge for the ball,” said a satisfied Dárdai.
However, the Hungarian wants to remain patient with Darida’s return to first team action: “We will see what happens after the Babelsberg match, but he needs more time to properly return to training first of all. Every training sessions is important,” summarised Dárdai. On Monday, darida was able to complete some five-on-two exercises with the rest of squad as well as a six-against-six game scenario.