And again the captain is missing. Bernd Nehrig will not be available for Eintracht Braunschweig's home game against KFC Uerdingen on Saturday (2 p.m., Eintracht Stadium). The midfielder tore a muscle fiber in his calf during training on Thursday.
This adds a chapter to the veteran's injury history this season. Since his Achilles tendon injury in March, the 33-year-old has had to cope with repeated health setbacks and is therefore only able to perform at 100 percent sporadically. "This is a very unsatisfactory situation for everyone, but especially for Bernd. He always makes himself available and wants to help the team, but is rushing from one injury to the next at the moment," Eintracht coach Marco Antwerpen said at the pre-match press conference on Friday.
But he also had some good news to announce. Marc Pfitzner and Danilo Wiebe are available again. One of them could fill the gap that Nehrig leaves in the central midfield of the Lions. It is probably Pfitzner who will slide into the starting eleven for the captain. He had already played in the last home game against the 1. FC Kaiserslautern played from the beginning and showed a good performance. In the bitter 3-1 defeat in Wurzburg, however, he was absent due to adductor problems. "We are glad that Pfitze is back in the game. We saw against FCK how important it can be for us. He played a big part in making sure we stood stable in this game," says Antwerpen.
But Pfitzner will not be able to fix Eintracht's problems alone. In Wurzburg, the blue and yellow delivered a very weak performance, Antwerp also underlined once again. "It was an extremely poor game from us," said the coach. He had also been surprised by the force of the setback after the delicate upward trend in the two previous games. That's why he's now demanding one thing above all from his team against Uerdingen: "We have to bring heart and passion to the pitch, but at the same time we have to play technically and tactically better soccer."
In Wurzburg, two individual mistakes had initiated the Eintracht defeat. Goalkeeper Jasmin Fejzic missed the first goal and central defender Felix Burmeister the second. But that was not decisive for Antwerp. "Mistakes can happen, but it's the reaction to them that counts," he explains, citing Fejzic as a good example. This had held after its Bock to 0:1 afterwards class and prevented a higher defeat. It didn't help in Wurzburg, but maybe that can be the right attitude for Braunschweig to show a different face again against Uerdingen.
Today, Eintracht is supported by around 16.000 spectators. They'll find everything the same in the stadium this time around. In the following home game on 14. March against Viktoria Cologne it is to give then however for the first time testwise a change of the fan scene from block 9 in block 7. Information about the project will be available at two stands in the area of the south curve during the Uerdingen game.