Marcus Thuram questionable for the derby against 1. FC Köln

Beginning of the derby week
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Three Borussia return to training, Thuram is absent

Before the derby on Saturday, the situation at Borussia Mönchengladbach is easing despite the absence of Marcus Thuram. 19 outfield players were there, including a trio that Fürth lacked. Meanwhile, Yann Sommer made a young Borussia fan happy.

“Yann, can I have your goalkeeper gloves?” Max, 7, from Grevenbroich, wrote on a poster at home with the help of his father. The two were among about 100 spectators gathered on Tuesday for the first practice of the week.

The school holidays, the Fohlen football school Easter camps and the good weather were reason enough to stop at Borussia Park. Gladbach fans attended a 90-minute training session with many forms of play. The two against two on a narrow pitch with two big goals was particularly intense, which became a three against three in another variant . Within seconds, Borussia had to find a way to quickly score the goal.

“Jordan Beyer is a defender, but he dribble better than forwards,” said a young Borussia fan after Beyer won against Florian Neuhaus and Lars Stindl and then set up a goal with a back heel. In general, Beyer showed security and self-confidence in this exercise.

Mamadou Doucouré did not hesitate to toughen up twice against Ramy Bensebaini, who was able to resume collective training after suffering a hamstring problem. Tony Jantschke (after a corona infection) and Luca Netz (after a pulled abdominal muscle) were also back, who were able to participate in the entire training session. Marvin Friedrich, who ran half an hour, should be back next week. Conor Noss and Marcus Thuram, still slightly injured after the match in Fürth (2-0), were missing. “We’ll see that we can get him back on track by the weekend,” said coach Adi Hütter, who still hopes to be able to fall back on Thuram, who has scored three goals in the last five games.

Practice ended with a nine-man game, in which Jonas Hofmann was allowed to be played by both teams as a free agent. At that time, Sommer was no longer on the field, he entered the locker room a little earlier than his teammates. On the way, however, he stopped briefly to hand over his goalkeeper gloves to Max, who made the trip to training unforgettable.

Gladbach will continue their preparation for Saturday’s derby against 1. FC Köln (6.30pm, Sky) with two non-public sessions on Wednesday. On Thursday (10.30 a.m.) there will be another public training session, the last training session on Friday will again be secret.

Here is the photo gallery: Summer makes Borussia fans happy during training

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