Injury woes increase

Pre-season has uncovered some problems for manager Korkut. Alongside long-term injured Andre Hoffmann (ruptured cruciate ligament) and Tim Dierßen (metatarsal breaks), Samuel Radlinger (knee injury), Markus Miller (training after knee injury), Florian Ballas (minor illness) and Stefan Thesker (thigh injury) will all have to tread more carefully.

Andre Hoffmann’s successful operation
After more than two weeks of suffering, Andre Hoffmann finally had his knee operation on Wednesday. “Hoffi” wants to start rehabilitation as soon as possible so that he can make a speedy return to the pitch. Hoffmann suffered a knee injury on the second day of pre-season training. 

Metatarsal breaks for Tim Dierßen
96-midfielder Tim Dierßen injured his left foot in a friendly against Germania Egestorf/Langreder last Saturday. The youngster travelled to a specialist in Munich where he had an operation on his foot yesterday. “He will be out for a long time,” answered manager Korkut in a press conference on Tuesday. 

Goalkeeper Radlinger under the knife
Samuel Radlinger, who recently returned, will not feature for the Reds in goal for a while. The Austrian triggered an old knee injury during Monday’s training session and now needs an operation. “He had an operation on the same knee at the beginning of the year, now it will be the second operation in the same place,” said the disappointed manager.  

Samuel Radlinger before his friendly appearance in Barsinghausen last Saturday.

Markus Miller’s individual recovery
Markus Miller will make a slow return to matches after his knee injury. After Radlinger’s injury and Ron-Robert Zieler’s holiday, Timo Königsmann took charge of the 96-goal in the last friendly. Korkut said that Miller is not quite ready to return to team training. 

Illness puts Ballas out of action
The 21-year-old is suffering with a minor illness. Ballas, who was loaned out to 1. FC Saarbrücken last year, has his sights set on a return to training camp at the end of July, “I want to be back in action and on the attack.

Thesker’s recovery before return to team training
Thesker is training individually after his thigh injury. In today’s training, he did ball, stretching and running exercises. He is almost ready to make a return to training with the team. 

We wish you all a speedy recovery!