BERLIN - Injury-hit Werder Bremen received
more bad news ahead of Wednesday's crucial Champions League
match against Tottenham Hotspur when defender Petri Pasanen was
declared doubtful because of a virus.
Werder, who must win in London to have any chance of
advancing, are already without nine players, including captain
Torsten Frings and strikers Claudio Pizarro and Marko
Finland international Pasanen could still travel to London
on Wednesday morning if he was fit enough, officials said.
Coach Thomas Schaaf has included several players from the
under-23 team to make up the numbers in the squad.
"There is hardly anyone who thinks we can pull this off and
maybe that is the challenge we need," said Schaaf, whose team
have conceded 13 goals in their last four league games.
Werder are last in Group A with just two points from four
games. They need to win both their remaining fixtures to have
any chance of progressing.
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