Werder Bremen: Njinmah and Pavlenka are missing – Friedl is back

Early in the season, SV Werder Bremen found themselves stuck in the bottom third of the table. During the international break, head coach Ole Werner cannot work optimally with the team because some of his professionals were slowed down. At least there was good news from captain Marco Friedl.

Back in team training: Marco Friedl.

Back in team training: Marco Friedl.

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There are more pleasant tasks after an international break – especially in the situation Werder is currently in. Coach Ole Werner’s team travels to Borussia Dortmund on Friday evening (8.30 p.m., LIVE! on kicker). Bremen only collected six points on the first seven match days. Last matchday there was also the psychologically more difficult blow to the neck in stoppage time against TSG Hoffenheim (2:3).

The start of preparation for the important away game in Westphalia did not go smoothly. As Bremen announced early on Monday afternoon, there are some problem children in addition to the national players who are away. Amos Pieper, Niklas Stark and hopeful Naby Keita, who are missing due to muscle injuries, are currently working individually.

Justin Njinmah, who took a ball to the head in the friendly against FC St. Pauli (3:3) – the attacker took the lead after three minutes – is taking a break for reasons of load control. Jiri Pavlenka has returned from the Czech national team with adductor problems and will miss Monday. This also applies to Pavlenka’s goalkeeper colleague Eduardo dos Santos Haesler, who is also forced to take a break due to muscular problems. Werner will continue to be without Nicolai Rapp and Christian Groß, who both played against Hoffenheim before the break, due to illness.

Werner will have to wait and see who among the ailing players can actively help to bring something valuable with them to Dortmund. The head coach doesn’t just have his person in mind, as the 35-year-old made clear in the big kicker interview (Monday’s edition): “I don’t do the job so that people can report well about me.” Positive headlines after the BVB game would undoubtedly also provide him with arguments.

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