Hertha BSC - Augsburg

Germany: Bundesliga
Hertha BSC K. Piątek (62), D. Lukebakio (Pen. 87)
Olympiastadion Berlin2-1
Augsburg L. Bénes (2)

Dardai plans to start Cordoba alongside Piatek

By Peter Vice

Never shy about sharing his plans for weekend, Hertha trainer Pal Dardai revealed on Tuesday that he plans a two-striker set with both Krzysztof Piatek and Jhon Cordoba against Augsburg on Saturday. 

A string of injuries, however, may affect how well the forwards are serviced.

Jhon Cordoba.
Jhon Cordoba.Photo: Hertha BSC

A brutal February stretch behind them, Germany's "alte Dame" have perhaps their best chance to pick up vital points in the relegation race when the mid-table Fuggerstädter come to town this weekend. Head coach Pal Dardai plans to put his most potent force on the pitch.

Though Krzysztof Piatek picked up a knock late in last weekend's 0-2 loss to Wolfsburg, Dardai assured members of the assembled press corps that the Polish striker trained fully with the team on Tuesday. 

"He has a huge blister. It doesn't look nice," Dardai noted, "but he really wanted to train. I don't want to stop him. I'm glad that I have such ambitious strikers."

Use of the plural strikers proved no slip of the tongue. Dardai made clear that he wanted to deploy both Cordoba and Piatek against the FCA on Saturday at the Olympiastadion. 

"If Jhon remains healthy, I can tell you now that both he and Krzysztof will start," he noted. 

With respect to some of the injuries plaguing the squad, Dardai reported that Marvin Plattenhardt, Jordan Torunarigha, and Javairo Dilrosun all returned to training. 

There remains plenty of disconcerting news on the injury front. Sami Khedira and Matheus Cunha did not train and will most likely be unavailable for the coming encounter. 

The resurgent Matthew Leckie and newly-acquired "spark-sub" Nemanja Radonjic also remain sidelined. In spite of all of this, Dardai struck an optimistic tone. 

"Everyone pulled their weight. Team spirits are high. We want to be more determinative in matches and that's what our training is focused on this week," he concluded.

Hertha BSC
22Rune Jarstein
13Lukas Klünter
5Niklas Stark (C)
31Márton Dárdai
29Lucas Tousart ↩90
42Deyovaisio Zeefuik ↩65
6Vladimír Darida ↩86
18Santiago Ascacíbar ↩46
17Maximilian Mittelstädt ↩46
9Krzysztof Piątek
15Jhon Córdoba
1Alexander Schwolow
11Dodi Lukebakio ↪65
2Peter Pekarík
14Omar Alderete ↪90
21Marvin Plattenhardt
32Luca Netz ↪46
7Mathew Leckie
8Mattéo Guendouzi ↪46
23Eduard Löwen ↪86
1Rafał Gikiewicz
32Raphael Framberger
6Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (C)
19Felix Uduokhai
3Mads Pedersen
33Tobias Strobl
8Rani Khedira ↩90
20Daniel Caligiuri
18László Bénes ↩74
28André Hahn ↩89
7Florian Niederlechner ↩83
40Tomáš Koubek
11Michael Gregoritsch ↪83
2Robert Gumny
5Marek Suchý
16Ruben Vargas ↪90
17Noah-Joel Sarenren-Bazee ↪89
23Marco Richter ↪74
25Carlos Gruezo
36Reece Oxford

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