Darmstadt (dpa / lhe) - The bad luck for injuries at the second division soccer team SV Darmstadt 98 does not stop. The Hessians will also have to do without new signing Oscar Vilhelmsson for an indefinite period. The striker tore a double ankle ligament in training. The 18-year-old Swede is the fifth player currently out through injury or illness. In the home game against SV Sandhausen this Friday (6.30 p.m. / Sky) the suspended defender Patric Pfeiffer is also missing.
Nevertheless, coach Torsten Lieberknecht is hoping for the first three points after the 2-0 defeat at Jahn Regensburg. "Because of what happened in Regensburg, we have a bit of anger in our stomachs," said Lieberknecht on Thursday. "It's important that we develop our full potential. If we can do that and show a high level of intensity, I'm convinced we'll win the game."
However, after the 2-1 win in the first game of the season against Arminia Bielefeld, who was relegated to the Bundesliga, the opponent comes to the Böllenfalltor with confidence. "Sandhausen is a face of the 2nd division - and has been for years. They are always able to get well-known players and to be competitive. They come with a lot of victories behind them, which stabilizes a team," said Lieberknecht.
The Lilien coach left open whether central defender Christoph Zimmermann, who was signed by Norwich City on Wednesday, will make his debut. "He's a very special guy and I'm sure he'll help us. But you can't expect everything to go right within a day," Lieberknecht said of the 29-year-old.