Brief news from the
Bundesliga on Friday ahead of this weekend's matches:
Schalke 04 could be without forward Raul when they take on
Cologne on Saturday after the Spaniard missed some
training this week due to a stiff calf muscle, coach Huub
Stevens said on Friday.
"We have to wait and see how it looks with Raul on
Saturday," Stevens told reporters. "It is still unclear."
Schalke are in third place, jointly on 37 points with
leaders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, while Raul has
scored 10 league goals.
VfL Wolfsburg take on leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday with Alexander Madlung and new signing Vierinha doubtful
with minor injuries.
Coach Felix Magath said on Friday that Jan Polak had already
been ruled out with an injury picked up during the winter break
and had broken off training in mid-week.
Magath, however, can count on his top scorer Mario
Mandzukic, who missed the season's restart last week.
"He has trained well all week and if he remains as he is at
the moment then he can expect to play," Magath told reporters.
Hertha Berlin have signed defender Felix Bastians from
Freiburg on a deal to 2016, the club said.
"This is the best solution for everyone," said Hertha sports
director Michael Preetz, who is looking to strengthen the team's
Hertha, who host Hamburg SV on Saturday are in 13th
place, three points off the drop zone.
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