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Mertesacker Set For Lengthy Spell On The Sidelines With Facial Injury

Per Mertesacker Could Miss Vital Games For Werder Bremen.

During Germany’s European Championship qualifying match against Azerbaijan, towering defender Per Mertesacker received an accidental elbow to the face after challenging for a ball with an Azerbaijani attacker. While at first the knock looked minor, it has been confirmed that Mertesacker will miss up to six weeks of action due to his injury.

It was determined by the German medical staff that Mertesacker fractured the bone just under his left eye, but would not require surgery. Mertesacker’s Werder Bremen side are set to take travel to Bayern Munich in one of the biggest matches of the weekend, a game they would have been depending on Mertesacker to feature in. Should the defender miss six weeks of action, he will also sit out for matches against Mainz, Hannover, Hamburg, Leverkusen, Freiburg and Gladbach.

Veteran defender Mikael Silvestre will likely fill the void left by Mertesacker, but it is unlikely that he will bring the same kind of quality or composure to the Werder Bremen back-line that Mertesacker would. Werder Bremen could face a difficult period without Mertesacker, and especially if Brazilian defender Naldo, who is also injured, takes his time getting back. We could be seeing a center-half pairing of Prodl and Silvestre. Nothing inspires confidence in that pairing. Bayern Munich will have an absolute field day against that pairing, and Werder Bremen could be looking at a very difficult period with both of their first-choice defenders on the sidelines.

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  1. David

    September 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Isn’t Uli Hoenaßhole the sole arbiter of transfers at Bayern? I think he planted this story. Regardless, the logic behind it isn’t necessarily unsound. Plenty of coaches/managers will tell you not to buy a player based on how they perform in 5 or 6 games. Both players proved themselves in the Bundesliga last season, so there’s really no reason to say these things. Nerlinger did go on to say they don’t need these 2 players regardless, which is all he should have said anyway

    As for Demichelis, everyone could see he was a liability in defense in the CL Final. And he proved this again in South Africa. Getting rid of him, or freezing him out, was their best move all summer, though Bremen could’ve used him!

    They wouldn’t have wanted to pay his salary, though.

  2. Diriye

    September 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Go Bremen!

    Dylan, are you picking up the comments of Bayern dude Christian Nerlinger “We did not get to the stage where we wanted to talk to them or even make an offer because we were not convinced that they(Ozil and Khedira) would make it to the top level,”

    Wasn’t Bayern who was trying to pull off a last minute deal for Van der Hart?

    According to Nerlinger Bayern thought Ozil would not make it to the top even though he was outstanding at the world cup but then they try to buy a guy who was displaced by the same guy who they didn’t want to sign. You following the logic. Me neither.

    At best Nerlinger comments are stupid at worst they may be betraying a management issues with xenophobia. It doesn’t help the treatment of Luccio, Sosa, and Demichelis either. The latter could actually explain why Bayern hasn’t won anything in Europe for a decade and will not win until the local mentality changes.

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      Interesting point, I’m going to do an article on it now.

      • Will G

        September 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm

        Oh Oh! Put in how ahead-of-the-curve readers where off the bandwagon and knew all along that Kroos not Oezil was the future of the Atk MF position! 😉

  3. David

    September 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Someone at Bremen definitely took their eye off the ball. Seems like they were too preoccupied w/Özil & his departure, then realized they were short on defenders. I mean, Silvestre? As Cartman says, “seriously, you guys.”

    Precisely because they’re in the Champions League, they should have signed an extra defender. I mean, someone who can defend. Instead they’ll go the same route every other non-Bayern club follows: so long as they’re in the CL they will slide down the tabelle.

    Sad, really. It shouldn’t have taken much scouting to find a decent defender. Everyone on the planet saw Silvestre in over his head in the CL w/Arsenal this past spring. Everyone but Bremen’s management.

  4. Arturo

    September 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Champions League just went down the drain for Bremen, without their best defender…

  5. Rumpel

    September 9, 2010 at 1:25 am


    Bremen – Bayern 6:4

  6. David

    September 9, 2010 at 1:23 am

    So he’ll get to wear one of those funky masks, which will make him even more strange.

    Diriye — but using technology would take the human element out of the game. Where would we be w/o phantom & offside goals! FIFA are a bunch of fat dumbasses who wouldn’t know the game if they had a ball shoved up their anus.

    Losing Özil & now Mertesacker — this will really test Schaaf’s abilities. I am afraid he’s going to fail this test.

  7. Diriye

    September 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    The guy who dished out the elbow deserved seven game suspention. This is another reasons to introduce technology in the modern game, to protect the players. It was awfully deliberate.

    Fringe and Wesley would have to step up. Wesley is a good midfeilder who can defend.

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