“It was a humble time”


Marcel Franke (27) has been outside of Hannover 96 since November. An excruciatingly long break. Now he reports back.

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Is still at the very beginning: Marcel Franke.

The contact with his teammates is only rudimentary – as a phone call or via WhatsApp. Marcel Franke is always the first player to arrive in the HDI arena in the morning to complete his session under the guidance of fitness trainer Dennis Fischer. Stair runs, sprints and changes of direction are on the individual program. He is not yet allowed to train with the other professionals in small groups. “But I hope it will be quick now,” says the central defender, whose last assignment was on November 10 last year.

After the 0: 4 defeat in Heidenheim, Franke began an excruciatingly long break. Before that, the newcomer who moved from Norwich City to Hanover in the summer was an undisputed regular. The cause of the compulsory break was an outer ligament injury, which was supposed to cause more problems for the native of Dresden than initially thought. A comeback attempt at home game against SV Wehen Wiesbaden on February 1 failed after warming up. “I might have started too early,” admits Franke, “it went well for a few days, then worse, and there were problems again. It was a back and forth. I tried a few things.” Nothing helped in the long run. “It was a modest time,” says Franke, who after numerous doctor consultations finally went to a four-week “special rehab for stress intensification” in Donaustauf at the end of February. This also saved him the two-week domestic quarantine that the rest of the team had to go to in the meantime.

Franke: “I’m still at the very beginning”

The rehabilitation in Donaustauf seems to have brought the desired result for Franke. He returned to Hanover two weeks ago – and has no more problems. “I’m doing very well. But I’m still at the very beginning. Let’s see how it goes on.”

If the 2nd league could and should start again on May 9, the 27-year-old would be ready for action. “But of course the coach decides whether I should play.” The central defender has not yet been able to play under Kenan Kocak, who only came to Hanover after Franke’s injury in November.

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