Dresden. Robin Becker had earned a hard worker. He was the only Dynamo player to play for the full 90 minutes during the test against FK Jablonec and also scored the first goal. Otherwise, the coach had initially called up his regular formation, which he then gradually changed from the break – except for Becker.
“We controlled the game and in the first half we had three or four opportunities to score one more goal,” said Markus Kauczinski after the 2-1 win at the Dresden training center. “It was a good test, but I don’t attach great importance to it either.” It remains the only one in the 19-day short mini winter break, which will take place again next Monday with the penultimate first round match against the financially ailing newcomers Türkgücü Munich ends.
Despite the tight deadlines, Kauczinski “wanted to play against a real opponent. It’s something different than just training against each other, ”he said. Jablonec is currently runner-up in the first Czech league, but their opponents couldn’t cope with the early pressing of the Dresden team and consequently too few deals.
“I also wanted to see how the players behind it would perform against such a team,” said Kauczinski, referring to his reservists and citing Agyemang Diawusie and Panagiotis Vlachodimos as examples. Both newcomers had fought for a regular place at the beginning of the season, but they quickly lost it. Diawusie scored the 2-0, but was just as unconvincing as on the other wing Vlachodimos.
Stefaniak is the most noticeable one on the square
This was achieved by Marvin Stefaniak, who not only prepared the 1-0 lead after a one-two with Pascal Sohm and was blocked in another big chance. The returnee also recommended himself with dribbles and smart passes for a start in the starting XI.
For a quintet this is not yet an option. For Christoph Daferner it could be tight until Monday, the striker was spared due to muscular problems. “It was purely a precautionary measure, we didn’t want to take any chances,” explained Kauczinski. For Patrick Weihrauch, who has ankle pain, a mission in Munich would probably come too early.
Sebastian Mai may be able to start team training again next week after he has healed his knee ligament. In the case of Marco Hartmann, “it will take a little longer,” said sports director Ralf Becker when asked by SZ. “If everything goes well, he should be able to return to the training ground at the beginning of February.” Dynamo’s longest-serving professional had been diagnosed with a muscle insertion injury in his right knee and bone marrow edema.
Luka Stor had torn a muscle fiber in his thigh – but that already in mid-November, almost two months ago, when the striker was on the road with the Slovenian U21 team. Rehabilitation takes an unusually long time for this type of injury. “He is on the right track and has been able to continuously increase the burden,” said Becker, and his return is therefore foreseeable. “The main thing is that no risk is taken.”
Stor is a burned child, only stood on the pitch for 32 minutes at the very beginning this season. When he had just healed an ankle fracture, he drove to the national team and returned with the torn hamstring.
Chris Löwe will have to wait the longest for his comeback. At the beginning of December he had already stated that the healing process would be delayed after his outer ligament rupture and the bone contusion in his knee. “The edema has grown instead of getting smaller,” said the 31-year-old at the time. Now Becker indicates that Löwe may even threaten the end of the season. “In the next two to three weeks, further investigations will take place, which should then provide information as to whether we can still plan with Chris Löwe as a player on the pitch this season,” said the sports director. His contract, which he extended for a year after relegation, also ends at the end of June.
As a left-back, only Jonathan Meier is available for the time being. “Of course we have in mind that there may be a gap,” explained Kauczinski. Internally, Max Kulke and Paul Will could help out on the position. But he also considers an obligation in the winter transfer period to be possible. “We keep our eyes and ears open if something comes up that suits us.” No one offered up against Jablonec.