Berlin – There is finally a game ahead of us. The Hertha players kicked off their training week ahead of the game on Tuesday morning (9th January). The winter break is reaching its end and the opening fixture of the second half of the season against VfB Stuttgart (13th January) is fast approaching. After the Berliners switched back into training mode last week, they now have a concrete target to aim towards. “We’re over the moon that the season is getting back underway and we can head into the Stuttgart game roaring,” says Pál Dárdai. “We have to show a different side to our game there than we did in Bielefeld. We want to be fresh and physically fit,” says the coach, who would like to see a strong start to the second half of the season.
Weiser in team training, Rekik trains individually
Mitchell Weiser has been out in recent weeks, but there was good news before the second half of the season gets underway. He made a return to team training along with 20 other Hertha players. “Hopefully Mitch remains fit. He impressed in training, but we’ll have to see how his body reacts,” says Dárdai. Karim Rekik (foot injury), Thomas Kraft (knee injury), Alexander Esswein (ill) and Palko Dárdai (minor back problems) were not able to train. Rekik trained individually and the away game in Stuttgart will definitely be too early for him to return. “There’s no chance that Karim will be ready to play in Stuttgart. You can see his passion and willingness in training, but he still the oedema and problems,” anticipates Dárdai. It has not yet been decided who will play in central defence in Stuttgart as Jordan Torunarigha isn’t an option due to his ban for a red card. Sinan Kurt, Sidney Friede, Maurice Covic and Julius Kade trained with the U23s instead of the first team due to the youth team’s friendly in the afternoon.
The Blue-Whites will work on their freshness once again on Tuesday afternoon (14:30 CET), before a circuit training session. There will be two sessions on Wednesday (10:00 and 14:30 CET) and Pál Dárdai will train with the team on Thursday and Friday behind closed doors. The Blue-Whites then have the challenge of kicking off the second half of the season with a win in Stuttgart.