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7.10.2020Bayer 04

News in brief: Chance for U19 players to shine

Five U19 players are training with the Werkself first team this week, Daley Sinkgraven is on the mend after his head injury and Kerem Demirbay’s long-range shot is a hit with the fans: Wednesday’s news in brief.
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13 Werkself international players are on the road at the moment; Paulinho (torn cruciate), Patrik Schick (thigh) and Moussa Diaby (foot) are injured – international breaks always give youth players the opportunity to show what they can do. Goalkeeper Jakob Brambach, defenders Cem Türkmen and Christian Schwieren, midfielder Samed Onur and striker Emrehan Gedikli trained with the first team squad on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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And the session on Wednesday was a real workout: FFT – Football Fitness Training was on the agenda. The warm-up and different passing drills were followed by a competitive scenario on a reduced-sized pitch. While regular first-team players Karim Bellarabi and the Bender brothers were able to finish before the intensive part of the session, Gedikli and Co. completed all the drills. Including gasping after completing the workout.

Sinkgraven set to return

Daley Sinkgraven has yet to take part in full training. The Dutchman was substituted due to a head injury in the middle of the first-half away to VfB Stuttgart. He trained on his own on Wednesday and the left-back is expected to return to full training in the next few days.

 

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Demirbay's 'goal of the month'

It was the first Bundesliga home goal in the new season – and what a strike it was! Kerem Demirbay scored with a long-range effort and the help of the underside of the bar in the 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig. The strike by the 27-year-old was voted the September ‘Goal of the Month’ by Werkself fans. The vote was presented for the first time by the new, official Bayer 04 mobility partner like2drive .

Moreover: Demirbay’s strike was also nominated for the ARD-Sportschau ’Goal of the Month’. Our number 10 has the final digit 2 with votes cast by phone (0049 (0)1371/36900 – 2) or online at sportschau.de. The deadline for entries is Saturday, 17 October at 19.00 CEST.

Happy birthday, Sami!

Sami Hyypiä knows Bayer 04 in two ways: The Finn signed for Bayer 04 in the summer of 2009 after ten years at Liverpool, where he won the Champions League in 2005, and he hung up his boots after two seasons playing for the Werkself. After switching to the dugout and working as assistant coach with Finland, Hyypiä finally returned to Leverkusen in April 2012. He coached the Black and Reds for more than 40 games. That was followed by coaching jobs with Brighton & Hove Albion and FC Zürich. He is now the assistant with Finnish top-flight side FC Haka – and also 47-years-old on Wednesday. Bayer 04 say: Happy birthday, Sami!

Nico Schneck and Jürgen Kohler have also just celebrated their birthdays. Schneck, now 33 years old and assistant coach with the MSV Duisburg Women’s team, was the assistant coach to Heiko Herrlich at the Werkself for eighteen months. Kohler was the Leverkusen coach from 2003 to 2004. The 1990 World Cup winner is 55. Bayer 04 wish the duo: A belated happy birthday!

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