Back in training following a long-term injury, Eintracht Frankfurt’s US international Timothy Chandler discusses his recovery, the Eagles’ European campaign and his aims for the second half of the season.

Timothy Chandler is back to his old self in training.
Timothy Chandler is back to his old self in training.

Timmy, you’re back in training with the rest of the team. How are you getting on?
“First of all, I’m pleased that I was able to train without pain with the rest of the team for the past two weeks. I’m making progress every day, but we’ll have to see about everything else. As soon as the coach feels I’m capable of playing, I’ll be there.”

You’ve since been named in Eintracht’s UEFA Europa League squad. Has that given you an extra boost?
“I don’t know whether I’ll be included for our trip to Ukraine [to face FC Shakhtar Donetsk], but I’m obviously pleased to have been registered after such a long time on the sidelines. I’ll try and put myself in contention in every training session. We’ll see whether it’s enough for me to make an appearance.”

How desperate are you to contribute to Eintracht’s recent development on the pitch?

“I always want to be involved, regardless of whether we’re doing well or not. I love the team and I love the club. It’s also a lot of fun to watch my team-mates from the sidelines and sample the atmosphere in the stadium and in the changing room. We might not have made a particularly convincing start to the second half of the season, but the atmosphere has been positive on the whole. We know where we need to improve, which is vital.”

A lot can still happen this season. Where do you think Eintracht are right now?
“Against Dortmund we showed what we’re capable of again. All our games are very tight affairs. We want to keep playing the way we are and keep picking up points. We were able to do so for the most part against Dortmund - even if you ignore the result, we put in a good performance. I’ve rarely seen such a good game of football, with both teams wanting to win. I expect our game in Leipzig will be just as frantic. We want to win the game if we can and we’re looking forward to it. We’ll see at the end of the season where our points tally gets us.”