Toprak injury adds to Werder woe
Werder Bremen could be without defender Omer Toprak for a spell after he picked up an injury during the side’s 3-2 Bundesliga defeat at Hoffenheim on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Turkey international centre-back only joined Werder from Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan earlier this month, but he was forced off after just 17 minutes and already looks a doubt for next week’s clash against FC Augsburg.
Left lower leg/calf injury for Werder Bremen’s Omer Toprak. Appears region of muscle-tendon junction (where achilles meets calf). More commonly affects calf muscle side but technically could involve injury to either structure. #Bundesliga #WerderBremen #TSGSVW
— InjuryMechanisms (@IMechanisms) August 24, 2019
Afterwards, coach Florian Kohfeldt said: “I’ve got the feeling that they could be hurt getting off the bus at the moment. We’re at our limit injury-wise. Our squad is strong, but what we can’t absorb is losing three of our back four.”
Werder looked like snatching a point thanks to Yuya Osako’s 81st minute equaliser only for Pavel Kaderabek to grab the winner for Hoffenheim three minutes from time.
Kohfeldt added: “I’ll say it again. We’re on the right track. We had a strong game away from home, but in the end, we’ve conceded two goals from set pieces and that just can’t happen.
“The team showed their morale, effort and fight but a lot of things are going against us at the moment.”