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Philipp Bargfrede on the last few weeks
Philipp Bargfrede has gradually made his comeback to the team in recent weeks (Photo: nordphoto).
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Wednesday, 09.10.2019 / 16:57

Von Marcel Kuhnt

Philipp Bargfrede has just 30 minutes to his name so far this season. After celebrating his long-awaited comeback in the game against RB Leipzig, coach Florian Kohfeldt also threw him on for the final minutes in Frankfurt. “The short appearances have been god for me. After my injury I don’t have the fitness to play 90 minutes so the friendly against St. Pauli will be a good test for me to see where I’m at fitness-wise. Of course it goes without saying that I want to build my game time back up,” said the 30-year-old optimistically.

The Werder man was cautious to get back in to team training after coming back from a knee operation. “Nothing was broken in my knee. It was more like irritation which caused me a lot of problems, but it’s all sorted now.” Werder’s number 44 wants to go in to the coming years injury free and play plenty of Bundesliga games.

Bargfrede: "Next few games are vital"

Returning to the pitch against RB Leipzig: Philipp Bargfrede (Photo: nordphoto).

Get back and help the team win games – that’s all that Philipp Bargfrede wants to do, and as quickly as possible. “As a footballer you always want to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible, especially after a long period out you’re even hungrier. I want to retake the role that I had before my injury,” said Bargfrede, who has been replaced in recent weeks by Nuri Sahin. “Nuri has played really well in holding midfield, but when I’m back fit I hope I can get back to where I was.”

And with Werder's number 44 back in front of the defence, their season should be steered in the right direction. Ideally, next week against Hertha. "The next games are vital and could dictate how our season goes. If we want to go for a European place, we have to win the next home game against Hertha BSC," said the 30-year-old, who added: "It’s not been easy recently, but we as a team have dealt with that. A few players will return after the international break. When everyone is on board, we have a really good squad." Philipp Bargfrede will continue to be an integral part of the Werder squad.

 

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