Following an arduous April which included five games in the space of 21 days, Hütter will give his players some time off from Saturday afternoon up to and including Tuesday. “After that, we want to focus fully on the final stretch of the season and go into the last three games mentally and physically invigorated,” explained the head coach.
It’s still not clear whether Hütter will have any new personnel options at his disposal for the run-in, although Ragnar Ache and new signing Ali Akman were among the 20 outfield players and three goalkeepers in Wednesday’s training session and were able to do some work with the group.
Amin Younes was not at Deutsche Bank Park, however, as he has “put himself in the hands of a trusted associate in Belgium” due to persistent adductor problems, as sporting director Bruno Hübner said.
From Monday, in accordance with the two-stage quarantine measures set out by the German Football League (DFL), the first team, coaching and backroom staff will only stay in their home environment, at the training ground or at the stadium, before moving into the so-called quarantine training camps from 12 May.