Hertha can again plan with Jhon Cordoba in the Bundesliga relegation battle. According to coach Pal Dardai, the striker is already a candidate for the starting XI against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) after his protracted muscle injury.
“He’s robust and strong with a headball, we mustn’t break him right away after a torn muscle,” said the Berlin head coach on Monday, but also added: “He’ll be fit, in Wolfsburg we can plan with him from the start.”
For Dardai, the inadequate exploitation of chances was a sticking point for the 0: 3 on Sunday against RB Leipzig. As a criticism of his offensive players Krzysztof Piatek and Matheus Cunha, who missed several good chances, the Hungarian did not want to be understood.
“Goalkeeper and center forward are sacred. If you give him a warning, ‘you’re out,’ he won’t hit, ”Dardai said.
The situation is decided in the end when you play against the direct competition,” said the 44-year-old.
He expected the meager record in the first games after his coach’s return in view of well-known opponents such as Bayern Munich (0-1) and Eintracht Frankfurt (1-3).
“I’m not a fortune teller, I’m not a wizard,” said Dardai. He could not “make Simsalabim”.
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After 22 match days, the Berliners, who started the season with European Cup ambitions, are 15th just ahead of the relegation ranks. In contrast to Cordoba, defense chief Dedryck Boyata (foot injury) will be absent for a longer period of time.
Dardai expects Javairo Dilrosun (knee), Jordan Torunarigha (hip) and Marvin Plattenhardt (muscular problems) to return in the next week or two.