Walter’s hope at Dompé

A few minutes before the friendly against FC Nordsjaelland kicked off on Thursday, Hamburger SV announced the alleged personal setback: Jean-Luc Dompé suffered a torn ligament in his right ankle and could be out for several weeks. After the 2-2 win against the Danish first division club, however, the coach spread hope.

Tim Walter with the replaced Jean-Luc Dompé.

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Tim Walter gave a generally satisfied impression. His formation, which was mainly made up of reserves, had equalized a 0-2 deficit through U-19 strikers Tom Sanne and Anssi Suhonen, returners such as the equalizer and Xavier Amaechi gained valuable match practice after their injury breaks. “The boys pulled themselves out of the swamp, I’m fine with the performance.”

And the coach is also in good spirits when it comes to Dompé’s downtime. The tongue-in-cheek classic, “We used to kick with such an injury, so we wrapped tape around it and that’s fine”, is followed by a very realistic assessment. He leaves open whether the 27-year-old winger actually has to take the announced break of several weeks: “If it’s up to me, then not. Ultimately it’s a precautionary measure. The player has to support the whole thing. It’s a community decision.” So, Walters, the medical department and Dompés.

I’ll be back very soon!

In any case, the Frenchman himself gave a clear signal on Thursday. He followed the test of his colleagues in a good mood from the edge of the field, and he also announced via Instagram: “I’ll be back very soon!” That sounds more like Walter’s tape method than a long downtime.

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