With Philipp Bargfrede and Milot Rashica back in training things were finally looking slightly brighter for Werder’s head coach Florian Kohfelt. However, if the 36-year-old breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing two players returning back to training, that relief was short lived.
On Thursday Yuya Osaka, the team’s most prolific goal scorer, was injured adding to the club’s ever growing number of injuries this season. The Japanese striker was the 11th player to get injured during the current going season.
Thursday’s press conference should have been about the Green and Whites upcoming match against RB Leipzig. However, in the face of yet another injury the topic discussed during the presser turned away from the upcoming opponent and towards the ever growing number of players not available.
During the press conference Kohfeldt told the journalists that the club did all it could to prevent further injuries:
“We discuss every single case. It doesn’t matter if a player has played for the Bundesliga side, the U23 or not at all during the weekend. After the day off we discuss the physical status of each player.”
During these discussions the team’s physios, the athletic department and the coaching staff are on hand. Additionally the staff have a second round of discussions each week, taking a closer look at all possible injuries.
In these discussions the staff take a closer look at what the cause of a possible injury might have been. They are trying to find out if fatigue or other reasons are to blame for an injury.
Kohfeldt added: “We can document and understand the workload and strain the players have been under during their activities with the club.”
Furthermore, the club have also enacted new measures to prevent injuries according to Kohfeldt.
“We have started to have physios present during every training session. They are looking at warning signs in the movement patterns (of the players).”
Despite all of these steps taken, the injury crisis at Werder hasn’t subsided. Kohfeldt revealed that the club has even engaged outside council in order to find out if there was anything the coaching staff could do differently:
“We wanted to exclude other parameters. We collected data on the soil condition and its correlation with injuries. We have also engaged other medical staff.”
The next one please – Füllkrug out with an ACL tear
On Friday the next injury followed. During the last training session ahead of this weekend’s Topspiel Niclas Füllkrung collided with Benjamin Goller. The striker who scored Werder’s winner last weekend went to the ground with a scream. A few hours later the press could report that the 12th Werder player had been injured this season.
Füllkrug is likely to miss most of the season as he has been diagnosed with an ACL tear.
Right now there are a whopping nine players who are out through injury: Ömer Toprak, Milos Veljkovic, Ludwig Augustinsson, Sebastian Langkamp, Niklas Moisander, Kevin Möhwald, Fin Bartels, Yuya Osaka and now Füllkrug.
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