HSV’s training week couldn’t have started much worse. After two days of rest, Tim Walter asked his pros on Wednesday to return to the Volkspark to prepare them for the crackling match in Rostock. But training ended in pain for Anssi Suhonen: the Finn suffered an ankle injury, was forced to leave the course with a golf cart and is worried about Sunday’s game.
It was the last training scene and no one at HSV would need it. After a seemingly normal duel with Mario Vuskovic, Suhonen lies down and is treated for a few minutes. His Croatian teammate and HSV physiotherapist Christian Tambach led the 21-year-old off the pitch before being taken to the locker room. Walter was visibly served and then quickly let the 60-minute session run out.
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It is not yet clear how much Suhonen was affected. Already Wednesday he was on the subway at UKE Athleticum. What gives hope: he was able to move his joint. This means that at least one break can be excluded. It remains to be seen how much the swelling will increase during the night.
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If the HSV were to do without its Finns in Rostock, it would certainly be a weakening given their current form. In the last five games Suhonen has been a starting XI, has been a revival in the attacking midfield and has scored a goal (in 4-2 in Regensburg).
“But Sunday is still a little bit away,” says Walter, hoping for a speedy recovery. If that wasn’t enough for Suhonen, David Kinsombi or Moritz Heyer (the last right defender) would probably be the best candidates for the vacancy in midfield.