Eintracht Frankfurt has to do without Aymen Barkok for an indefinite period of time. The Moroccan international injured his knee during the international match in Guinea on Tuesday, an exact diagnosis is still pending. In addition, Christopher Lenz will be out longer than originally expected.
Have to take a break first: Frankfurt’s Aymen Barkok.
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Actually, the trip to the Moroccan national team could hardly have gone better for Barkok. Unlike the last time in Frankfurt, he was in the starting line-up three times, in two games against Guinea-Bissau, Morocco prevailed 5-0 and 3-0, followed by a 4-1 win in Guinea. On top of that, Barkok scored his first international goal in the second game against Guinea-Bissau with a solid low shot from around 17 meters. But in the third game he injured his knee in the early stages and had to be replaced in the 14th minute. “Everything is still being clarified, but he will definitely fail against Hertha,” said coach Oliver Glasner.
He also has to do without Christopher Lenz (fiber tear), the left-back has suffered a setback and will be “missing the next few rounds”, reports the coach. Sebastian Rode also has to be patient. The captain had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in August and returned to team training last week. “Sebastian has only been in training as a joker so far so as not to chase him into every duel. He will not be there against Hertha.”
Otherwise, the coach is available to all men, including the last ailing Evan Ndicka (knee problems) and Almamy Toure, who was hit on the ankle in Munich. In addition, Rafael Borré returns from the Colombian national team in time. The striker will play with Colombia against Ecuador on Thursday evening (11 p.m. German time), but will land in Frankfurt on Friday evening. “Then let’s see what it looks like with him,” Glasner leaves an operation open.