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Piatek done for the year, Dardai hints at use of Ngankam and Michelbrink

By Peter Vice

Hertha Berlin quickly confirmed on Thursday that Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek's ankle injury is indeed a serious fracture. 

Given the severity of the fissure, the 25-year-old's availability for the Euros can be considered questionable. 

Krzystof Piatek.
Krzystof Piatek.Photo: Hertha BSC/citypress

Trainer Pal Dardai candidly told the Sky microphones that matters did not look good for center-forward Krzysztof Piatek after the Polish attacker was subbed off during Wednesday's win over Schalke.

The official diagnosis came at noon today. Piatek is done for the season, joining Jhon Cordoba, Dodi Lukebakio, and (very likely) Matheus Cunha on the list of players that will be unavailable for the squad's next fixture against Köln on Saturday.

At his Thursday presser, Dardai suggested that the game-winning goal-scorer in the Schalke match, Jessic Ngankam, might serve as the bridge solution in the final days of the relegation fight.

Also without Vladimir Dardia (yellow accumulator suspension) and Maximilian Mittelstädt (concussion), the club has called up 19-year-old attacking midfielder Jonas Michelbrink from the youth academy.

Dardai declared himself impressed with Michelbrink's effort in recent training sessions and had kind words for his 15 minutes of relief in the Schalke match.

Hertha BSC
1Alexander Schwolow
13Lukas Klünter
20Dedryck Boyata (C)
14Omar Alderete
25Jordan Torunarigha ↩46
18Santiago Ascacíbar
31Márton Dárdai ↩67
7Mathew Leckie
16Javairô Dilrosun ↩67
24Nemanja Radonjić ↩79
27Jessic Ngankam ↩90
12Nils-Jonathan Körber
33Daishawn Redan
35Marten Winkler ↪90
2Peter Pekarík
5Niklas Stark ↪67
21Marvin Plattenhardt ↪46
42Deyovaisio Zeefuik ↪79
29Lucas Tousart
40Jonas Michelbrink ↪67
1Timo Horn (C)
2Benno Schmitz ↩87
33Sebastiaan Bornauw
5Rafael Czichos
8Ismail Jakobs
28Ellyes Skhiri
11Florian Kainz ↩60
18Ondrej Duda
20Elvis Rexhbecaj ↩71
24Dominick Drexler ↩60
9Sebastian Andersson ↩71
16Ron-Robert Zieler
19Kingsley Ehizibue ↪87
22Jorge Meré
23Jannes-Kilian Horn ↪60
6Marco Höger
13Max Meyer
21Salih Özcan ↪71
29Jan Thielmann ↪71
31Marius Wolf ↪60

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