Klünter and Torunarigha injured: Hertha in need of defense

Hertha’s newly installed five-a-side chain worked at 3-1 in Bochum. But the Berliners have to remove two professionals from that quintet from their plans for the time being.

Hertha’s defender Jordan Torunarigha sustained a ruptured hamstring.

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The grip on the thigh while walking from the Bochum lawn did not bode well on Sunday evening. The confirmation came early on Monday afternoon: According to the club, Jordan Torunarigha will be “out of training and games in the coming weeks”. The central defender reportedly suffered a torn muscle fiber in his thigh.

Klünter needs further investigation

Since Lukas Klünter, who was called up on the right wing, left the site of the first win of the season with a shoulder injury, Hertha has a staff shortage on the defensive. With Klünter, who did not return to Berlin with the team, further examinations on Monday should clarify the severity, downtime and the need for an operation.

Dardai: “We run out of central defenders”

In the past season, Klünter was repeatedly set up in a three-man defense by coach Pal Dardai. His versatility and his mentality are no longer a factor for the time being. In addition, center-back Marton Dardai (ankle) and left-back Marvin Plattenhardt (thigh) have not been available for weeks. With a view to the game against promoted Fürth on Friday evening, coach Dardai said on Monday: “We have no more central defenders. If Marton Dardai doesn’t come back, it will be tight.”

Gechter is now the second youngest Hertha player in the Bundesliga

In Bochum, the coach brought in 17-year-old Linus Gechter for the injured Torunarigha at halftime. The defender, born in February 2004, became the club’s second youngest Bundesliga player from Berlin’s West End. Younger than Gechter (17 years and 197 days) was only Lennart Hartmann, who made his debut for Hertha in the Bundesliga in August 2008 under Lucien Favre at the age of 17 years and 136 days. Also at the age of 17, Hertha Luca Netz (17 years and 232 days) and Julius Kade (17 years and 320 days) passed their baptism of fire in the upper house.

Dardai: “Linus comes in, doesn’t shit his pants, is a man”

On Monday, Dardai praised Gechter and the club’s youth work: “I’m very proud of the academy. When I started here twelve years ago, the youth concept was five sheets of paper. Then we wrote a concept together. If we had statistics from the weekend take: Lazar Samardzic (went from Hertha to RB Leipzig in 2020, to Udine, d. ed. in 2021) makes a goal for Udinese, Luca Netz (since summer in Gladbach, d Bundesliga, Palko Dardai scores endlessly for Fehervar in Hungary. Hertha’s youngsters are doing very well – respect to the coaches and their work. ” And about Youngster Gechter he said: “Linus comes in, doesn’t shit his pants, is a man. We have Maxi Mittelstädt, Jordan Torunarigha, Marton Dardai, now Linus: We can be proud of our work, this is the future for Hertha BSC.”

The present on Friday calls for new solutions for the chain of five. A variant for the home game against Fürth: Lucas Tousart, nominally midfielder, could take over the central part in central defense. The game-intelligent, two-way Frenchman did that for 45 minutes two weeks ago in a friendly against the league club SFC Stern 1900 (14: 0).

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