Like the falling leaves of autumn, the Eintracht players are heading off in all directions at present.
By Monday, 11 Frankfurt players had been called up by their national teams. To put it into context, that’s only one less than Real Madrid in this international break. From Thursday, the departed Eagles will be involved in a total of 18 international matches, with the last batch of international players not due back until Wednesday 16 October.
Busy treatment room
Eintracht currently have a number of absentees who are at different stages in the recovery process. As well as long-term absentees Marco Russ and Kevin Trapp – not to mention conditioning coach Markus Murrer – defender Almamy Toure was also missing on Wednesday morning after undergoing an operation on a thumb tendon, but he is expected to return to full training on Monday. Sahverdi Cetin (groin) and Lucas Torró (leg) are also out of action at the moment, while Jonathan de Guzman and Bas Dost are currently working on their rehabilitation in the gym.
Double session for a dozen
Normal training has also been taking place, even if there were only 12 players involved in Wednesday’s early session. The three goalkeepers included Under-19 pair Elias Bördner and Giulio Girelli, who, together with Felix Wiedwald, sweated under the constant fire of goalkeeping coach Moppes Petz despite the cool temperatures.
After a straightforward but intensive hour, the first session of the day was over but the Eagles were back on the training pitch at 15:00 CEST for the second, open session. Following Thursday’s charity match against FC Gießen, the Eintracht players will be given three days off.