Brief news ahead of this
weekend's Bundesliga matches:
Werder Bremen, chasing a Europa League spot, will have
three key players back for their home game against
relegation-threatened Mainz 05 on Saturday, including top
scorer Claudio Pizarro, who sat out a suspension.
Starting keeper Tim Weise and Philipp Bargfrede are fit,
returning to training this week after minor injuries. Bremen are
in sixth place on 40 points.
Schalke 04 will be without their starting goalkeeper, Timo
Hildebrand, for their game at Hoffenheim on Sunday after
he picked up an elbow injury in their Europa League 4-2 defeat
to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, the club said.
Former Germany international Hildebrand, who joined in
October as a replacement for injured Ralf Faehrmann, will be out
for an unspecified period of time. Schalke, in third place on 53
points, are in the running for a Champions League spot.
The Bundesliga season should end in a final four of the
league's top teams with the champions then crowned in a final
game to make it more exciting, Bayer Leverkusen boss Wolfgang
Holzhaeuser said in the club's stadium magazine.
"My dream always is to have a real final stage with the top
four teams fighting for the title; real highlights with
semi-finals and a final.
"The football decision-makers should give up their
conservative position and search for better solutions and then
show the courage to change things," Holzhaeuser wrote.
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