Injury-free but restricted in his daily routine: Erik Durm says the current Covid-19 pandemic enables him to keep his fitness problems in perspective.

How would you describe the training conditions at home?
“I train outside as often as possible - at the sports ground, for instance. It’s not necessarily about going a certain route but more about focusing on time and speed guidelines, through which we work out our heart rate. The main thing is to be out in the fresh air, that’s the most fun.”

How has the current situation affected your daily lives in the Durm household?

“It’s certainly a little more restricted. I’m not talking about having to miss big events - it’s the little things that you miss, like going for a coffee whenever you feel like it.”

How do you assess your first season in an Eintracht shirt?

“In sporting terms, it isn’t easy to assess. We had a good start in the Bundesliga, the highlight of which was the 5-1 win against Bayern. Then, out of nothing, we suffered a run of defeats. We worked very hard at the training camp in Florida after that, which quickly paid off with wins in the Bundesliga. We’re also in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup and the last 16 of the Europa League. We were expecting to be in a different position in the Bundesliga, which may have been possible had we not struggled so much away from home.”

And from a personal perspective?

“For me, the most important thing is still to be healthy. I don’t have any injury problems, can take part in every training session and try to be there when the coach needs me. Obviously I’d have liked to have played more of late, but you go through periods like that. I try to support the team as best I can from the sidelines. A club’s success is always more important.”

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