Excitement and Injuries: Leverkusen’s Atmosphere Ahead of 1. FC Heidenheim Game

Top atmosphere on the pitch in the first training session after the 3-0 win over Bayern.

Preparation for Saturday’s away game at 1. FC Heidenheim began on Tuesday afternoon in Leverkusen (3:30 p.m./here in the live ticker).

It seems unlikely that world champion Exequiel Palacios (25) will be back in the squad for the strong newcomer after his thigh injury. The Argentine trained with the ball on Tuesday, but not with the team, but individually. Coach Xabi Alonso (42) still has to wait for Palacios, who was injured in the 3-2 win in Leipzig on January 20th. The goal should be a comeback in the home game against Mainz 05 on February 23rd.

The injured Exequiel Palacios (r.) celebrates with Piero Hincapié about the 3-0 win against Bayern

Photo: Andreas Pohl / BILD

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka (31) was not in team training!

The Swiss caused a moment of shock after half an hour against Bayern when he suddenly fell to the ground and clutched his thigh in pain. “I was a little worried,” coach Alonso admitted afterwards, “but Granit is a fighter.”

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Leverkusen’s midfield boss played through against the record champions after a short treatment. The fact that he wasn’t on the pitch on Tuesday was no cause for concern, they said. In addition: Xhaka, who still has four yellow cards to his credit, is a long-term player and was in the starting line-up in 21 league games – with a playing time of a strong 99 percent.

Meanwhile, there is good news from Leverkusen’s new signing Arthur (20). The Brazilian right-back, who was set back by two serious muscle and tendon injuries in his thigh, is working on his comeback. He came to the pitch on Tuesday with rehabilitation trainer Carsten Rademacher and completed his running program. The national player should become a very important alternative in the final spurt of the season.

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2024-02-13 14:16:21
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