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Step by step

The international break is nearing its end and the training ground will be busier again in the coming days. The club from the capital can now start to fully focus on the home game against Hoffenheim.

Berlin - Pál Dárdai isn’t someone who likes to moan about problems he has. Instead, he prefers to carry on working hard and work with what he has available to him. A journalist’s question put a smile on Dárdai’s face after training on Monday (19/11), as they asked him on his plans for Hertha’s centre back pairing at the weeknd. “At the moment it’s Derrick and Lusti – we don’t have any other centre halfs right now!”, laughed the head coach. “This week we will let them train together, so that they are ready for the weekend.” Other possible alternatives for that position could come from the youth team: “We will think about whether or not we will promote Sidney Friede and Panzo Ernesto from the U23s. We could also get someone from the U19s too,” stated Dárdai.

Two players should return to team training on Tuesday

Dárdai only had a small training group to work with on Monday at training. Alongside the players on international duty, Karim Rekik, Niklas Stark, Florian Baak, Lukas Klünter, Julius Kade, Marius Gersbeck and Marvin Plattenhardt were all missing due to various injuries. Palko Dárdai and Arne Maier, who both trained individual with fitness coach Hendrik Vieth on Friday, were both able to train with the squad on Monday. Florian Krebs and Nick Lima also trained with the first-team, while Jordan Touranrigha completed an individual programme on his way back from injury. “We will know how his fitness levels are after training,” remarked Dárdai. “The plan is that he will train with the rest of the squad on Tuesday – just like Plattenhardt. Then we would have 17 players.”

Grujić should be back in the squad against Hoffenheim

One of the players back in training and hoping to provide a fresh option against Hoffenheim is Marko Grujić. “He has looked good in training so far,” praised Dárdai. “But we have to be careful – the friendly against Aue showed that isn’t quite ready to play 90 minutes. We will discuss with the fitness team how long should be able to play, but he will definitely be in the squad”. Grujić should slowly but surely be back involved with the Blue-Whites.

The squad will train twice on Tuesday at 10:00 and 14:30 CET as well as on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday the team will have one training session, with both behind closed doors ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga fixture with TSG Hoffenheim (24/11, 15:30 CET). “If all our international players come back fit and heathly, I think we can put in a good performance,” remarked Dárdai. That is the goal – to put get three points in the Olympiastadion again.

Teams, 19.11.2018