The Czech Republic striker Patrick Schick suffered a thigh injury on Saturday during the Werkself’s away game at VfB Stuttgart (1-1). And the French winger Moussa Diaby, who suffered an injury to his left foot in the game against the Swabians, also misses the forthcoming international matches and will instead start his rehab at the ‘Werkstatt’ at the BayArena.
The Dutch left-back Daley Sinkgraven, who also went off injured at Stuttgart complaining of dizziness and vision problems, suffered a slight whiplash in a challenge with an opponent. Sinkgraven is expected to return to full training soon. The duration of Schick’s and Diaby’s absences will probably become clear over the course of this week.
That means 14 Bayer 04 players will now be on international duty but without running the risk of having to go into self-isolation returning from areas with a high incidence of coronavirus. The crucial factor for the players’ immediate reintroduction into the Leverkusen first team squad is a negative coronavirus test that will be conducted on their return from abroad. Based on the ruling agreed between the relevant health authorities and FIFA, Bayer 04 and all other Bundesliga clubs can continue to prepare for league games as things stands.
The quarter-final of the DFB-Pokal will be a special highlight for the Bayer 04 Women. The team will play at the BayArena for only the second time since 2009. Bayer04.de has collected reaction to the game to be played on Tuesday 5 March (kick-off: 18.30 CET). Director of professional teams Thomas Eichin, who is also responsible for women's football at the club, explains the background to the decision and the Women's team head coach Robert de Pauw and the captain Elisa Senß talk about the anticipation of the players ahead of the clash at the BayArena. Winter signing Borja Iglesias also shares his views. The striker was a big supporter of women's football following the kissing scandal involving the former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales last summer. Borja also attended the last Bayer 04 Women's home game against TSG Hoffenheim.Show more
Odilon Kossounou certainly deserved this reception: At a Bayer 04 staff meeting, Fernando Carro, CEO, and head coach Xabi Alonso presented the Africa Cup of Nations winner with a special memento of his great achievement on behalf of all members of staff. The Werkself player won AFCON with Ivory Coast in the middle of February in his own country.Show more
The special edition Bayer Sports Family shirt pays homage to sport in the city of Leverkusen. Ahead of the forthcoming Bayer Sports Family matchday at the Werkself Bundesliga home game against Mainz 05 (Friday, 23 February, 20.30 CET), Bayer 04 Club members can secure this limited edition shirt now at the Bayer 04 fan shops and the online club shop.Show more
The Bayer 04 eSports team this week played matchdays 30 to 32 in the 2023/24 VBL Club Championship by WOW in the business end of the season. The #B04eSports team picked up six important points in the games against Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg and direct rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Black and Reds remain seventh in the table in the North West Division and are still in with a chance of qualifying for the finals of the German Club Championship via the play-offs.Show more
There's big interest in Bayer 04 in Mexico, not least because of the involvement of former Werkself player Chicharito. The #Bayer04MexicoTour in summer 2022 also made a vital contribution to the popularity of the current Bundesliga leaders in the North American country. Since this week, the connection between Bayer 04 and football-mad Mexico has been enriched by one more aspect: Mexican national team coach Jaime Lozano and his coaching team have used their European tour to exchange experiences with those responsible at the works club, among other things.Show more