Borussia Dortmund Central Defender, Neven Subotic has picked an injury that could keep him out for six weeks; Subotic recently extended his contract with the defending champions, Brazilian team mate – Felipe Santana will have to fill the void when the second half of the league begins. The team is still training in La Manga Spain.
Monchengladbach draws with Hamburg
Borussia Monchengladbach warm friendly with Hamburg ended in a 2-2 draw, the game was played in Dubai where both teams are camped for their winter break training. The game revealed that Monchengladbach are fired up for the second half of the season, currently they have no injury worries. The team had been put through their pace with some intensive training session, this was quite evident during their game.Filip Deam and Branimir Hrgota were on the score sheet as they came fought back twice.
Robben ready for battle
The stock of Japanese players continues to rise in the German league, no thanks to Shinji Kagawa’s exploits at Borrusia Dortmund. Another player that has made significant impact Gotoku Sakai – 21, has signed an improved contract that will keep him in VfB Stuttgart till 2016. The defender joined fellow Japanese Shinji Okazaki in January 2012 and has been very significant this season. The player has expressed his delight after putting pen to paper at the club’s winter break camp in Belek, Turkey at playing in one of the biggest league in Europe – “ I will give it my all so that Stuttgart can be as successful as possible” – said Sakai .
Bayern Munich has shown once again why they are the clear title favourite – currently taking advantage of the warm whether in Doha Qatar, they defeated fellow Bundesliga top fligh team Shalke in a warm up game by 5 goals to nil. Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller scored 2 goals each before half time before Mario Gomez crowned an entertaining evening with a goal. The game highlighted why Bayern Munich is fast becoming one the best club sides in Europe. Currently there seems to be a huge gulf in class between the Bavarians and other Bundesliga team.
The Champions league runners up moved the ball with such fluidity and looked very frightening when on the offence – Frank Ribery was quite instrumental from the flanks and he set up 2 of the goals for Manzukic. He has been in the best form of his life and for the first time he is reflecting why the German team spent 25m euros
Afellay, Moritz sustains injury
Shalke‘s midfielders Ibrahim Afellay and Christoph Moritz both would be sideline when the 2nd half of the season begins. Both players picked up an injury in their friendly game against Qatar based team Al Saad. The Dutch international suffer a muscle strain in his right thigh, a similar injury that kept him out for the for several weeks in the first half of the season. He is expected to be out for 2 months. Moritz on the other hand damaged the outer ligament of his right knee; he is expected to be out for some few weeks.
Hoger extend contract
23 year old Marco Hoger has extended his contract with Shalke 04 till 2016, Hoger has been very vital for the Royal Blue and he is still developing. He made the move to the top flight club from Alemannia Aachen in 2011; He has featured 34 times, scoring 2 goals with 5 assists.
Monchengladbach enjoying Dubai Adventure
Neven Subotic and Sven Bender has penned a new deal with Borrusia Dortmund, the new deal will committed them to back to back champions till 2016 and 2017 respectively. Both players have been part of Dortmund’s rise back to the top – they were part of the back to back winning exploits of the German Bundesliga. Subotic deal will tie him to the Westphalian club for anther 2 years while the 3 times German international will stay a year extra. The extension of their contract has shown Dortmund’s commitment to their key players within the squad. The management has previously extend the contracts of players like Mario Gotze,Mat Hummels,Polish internationals - Jakub Blaszcykowski and Lukas Piszcek as well as scond choice goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak