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Dortmund J. Brandt (54), Y. Moukoko (90)
Hertha BSC V. Darida (80)

Hertha without Cunha and Khedira "unless a small miracle occurs"

By Peter Vice

During a digital media session on Tuesday, Hertha BSC trainer Pal Dardai conceded he'll likely be without Matheus Cunha and Sami Khedira against Dortmund on Saturday. 

Matheus Cunha.
Matheus Cunha.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

As always, Hertha's head-coach kept it straight and the to the point when speaking to German reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Neither attacking talisman Matheus Cunha nor the club's emotional "ringer" Sami Khedira trained with the team on Tuesday.

Both players struggle with muscle pulls and will not be available this weekend, in Dardai's words, "unless a small miracle occurs". The 44-year-old trainer also cast doubt on whether on-loan winger Nemanja Radonjic might be ready in time to face Dortmund.

"He's perhaps a similar case to that of Jordan Torunarigha last week," Dardai said his on-loan Serbian, "I wanted to select [Jordan], but he was very professional and told me he wasn't 100 percent yet. I'll ask [Nemanja] the question on Friday."

Khedira has been absent since recording a crucial assist off the bench in a 1-1 draw against Stuttgart in round 21, then disappointing in his return to the starting XI one week later. The 33-year-old was given a slight rap on the knuckles for not wearing a face-mask whilst watching the team's victory from the stands this weekend.

35Marwin Hitz
2Mateu Morey ↩71
23Emre Can
15Mats Hummels ↩58
14Nico Schulz
22Jude Bellingham
8Mahmoud Dahoud
11Marco Reus (C) ↩84
19Julian Brandt
10Thorgan Hazard ↩71
9Erling Håland
1Roman Bürki
18Youssoufa Moukoko ↪84
5Dan-Axel Zagadou ↪58
26Łukasz Piszczek
6Thomas Delaney
24Thomas Meunier ↪71
30Felix Passlack
32Giovanni Reyna ↪71
Hertha BSC
22Rune Jarstein
13Lukas Klünter
5Niklas Stark (C)
31Márton Dárdai
29Lucas Tousart
42Deyovaisio Zeefuik ↩59
6Vladimír Darida
17Maximilian Mittelstädt
21Marvin Plattenhardt ↩59
9Krzysztof Piątek ↩82
15Jhon Córdoba ↩68
1Alexander Schwolow
11Dodi Lukebakio ↪59
2Peter Pekarík
14Omar Alderete ↪82
25Jordan Torunarigha
32Luca Netz
7Mathew Leckie ↪59
16Javairô Dilrosun ↪68
40Jonas Michelbrink

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