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Hinteregger pain free, fit, and hopeful for return this weekend

By Peter Vice

Following his second day back on the training pitch, Eintracht Frankfurt defensive linchpin Martin Hinteregger declared himself pain-free and ready for Gladbach on Saturday. 

Martin Hinteregger.
Martin Hinteregger.Photo: Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0

Few would have expected the Bundesliga's commercial capital side to thrive in the absence of Martin Hinteregger. The 28-year-old Austrian captains the team's defensive corps; to the point that club ultras honor him with a special group known as the "Hinti Army".

Despite the fact that Hinteregger hasn't appeared on the pitch since the round 24 encounter with Stuttgart, Adi Hütter have still gone four games unbeaten. The stalwart's absence has been largely mitigated by excellent play from replacement pivot defender Stefan Ilsanker.

Back on the training pitch after sitting out a month with a fascia injury in his thigh, Hinteregger nevertheless declared himself fit and ready for this weekend's immensely important clash with fellow 2021/22 European club football aspirants Borussia Mönchengladbach.

"I haven't had any pain for over a week," the defender reported in an interview on Wednesday, "If it continues like this, I'll certainly be an option."

Even assuming that head-coach Hütter remains focused on guaranteeing Champions' League football for his current club and not scouting his next one, however, there may no need to take such a risk.

Ilsanker, Evan N'dicka, and Lucas Silva "Tuta" Melo have functioned reasonably well as a three-man-unit over the last four rounds. Hütter also needs to take the "Englischer Woche" into account. The SGE face Augsburg next Tuesday on a tight turnaround.

21Tobias Sippel
18Stefan Lainer
28Matthias Ginter (C)
30Nico Elvedi
25Ramy Bensebaini ↩90
19Valentino Lazaro ↩90
8Denis Zakaria ↩90
32Florian Neuhaus
23Jonas Hofmann ↩82
10Marcus Thuram ↩78
14Alassane Pléa
31Max Grün
7Patrick Herrmann ↪82
16Ibrahima Traoré
36Breel-Donald Embolo ↪78
15Louis Beyer
17Oscar Wendt ↪90
24Tony Jantschke
11Hannes Wolf ↪90
43Rocco Reitz ↪90
1Kevin Trapp
35Lucas Melo
3Stefan Ilsanker ↩65
2Evan N'Dicka
25Erik Durm ↩65
8Djibril Sow
17Sebastian Rode (C) ↩65
10Filip Kostić
15Daichi Kamada ↩84
9Luka Jović
33André Silva
23Marcus Schubert
40Elias Jona Bördner
32Amin Younes ↪65
20Makoto Hasebe ↪65
30Jetro Willems
7Ajdin Hrustic
11Steven Zuber
22Timothy Chandler ↪65
27Aymen Barkok ↪84

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