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Schultz: "We need every player and I trust every player"

Next up for the Boys in Brown ahead of a busy week with games against Union Berlin and Karlsruher SC is a trip to FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday (13.30 CET). On Thursday morning, head coach Timo Schultz attended the customary news conference in the run-up to the game.

Timo Schultz on…

...his personnel: "Sören Ahlers picked up an injury playing for the Under-23s at Flensburg last night and is thought to have sustained a light concussion. James Lawrence is still unavailable, but I hope he can resume full training at the end of the week. I expect Maximilian Dittgen and Philipp Ziereis to return to the training ground today. Etienne Amenyido is definitely ruled out, including next week. Sebastian Ohlsson suffered a knee injury in training yesterday. The result of the first examination wasn't so good, more will follow today. How serious it is will be clarified today, but he's definitely sidelined for the time being. The task now is to focus on the lads who are here and have two good training sessions with them to ensure we put in a good performance at Ingolstadt."

...opportunities for players who haven't had much playing time so far: "I've said several times this season that we need every player and I trust every player. The lads who haven't been used as much thus far can now show what they can do and gain an advantage over those who are ruled out at the moment. These are exactly the kind of situations why you have such a big squad. I have 100 per cent confidence in the lads. Regardless of who plays, the task facing us at Ingolstadt is to get three points."

...selecting the penalty taker after the two missed against Hannover: "I'll discuss it with the lads. Basically, we've already determined who the penalty takers are. If they feel good, they retain my full confidence. Ultimately, they have to decide on the pitch."

...the game at Ingolstadt: "I always have to judge teams on their current form and Ingolstadt are on very good form. We're taking them extremely seriously and know they're in good nick. The win at Nürnberg was a massive statement and at Bremen they were great and deserved to take a point. They have good energy in the team, are good in transition and have gained stability at the back since the winter, partly because of their new signings. They've been playing well and are in the ascendency. It's going to be tough. I'm looking forward to the game, it's an important one for us to get back on track."

...current developments in the Ukraine conflict: "In recent days, it's been seen to be going in completely the wrong direction unfortunately. Nevertheless, I hope some kind of a solution can be found by diplomatic means, even though it doesn't look that way at the moment."

 

Photos: Witters

 

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