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Season Bundesliga 15.02.2013
Adler out injured - rare chance for Drobny

René Adler has failed to become fit in time for Saturday's Bundesliga matchday 22 home clash against Borussia Mönchengladbach (16.02.13, 15.30 CET). His omission gives a rare start to second string keeper Jaroslav Drobny, who has been a model professional since losing his first team spot to Adler at the start of the current season.

HSV boss Thorsten Fink is without first choice keeper René Adler for the visit of Borussia Mönchengladbach to the (almost) sold out Imtech Arena in Hamburg on Saturday. Adler has been unable to train properly since Wednesday, and his abdominal muscle problem has ruled him out of Saturday's eagerly-awaited clash. Fink told the media at the pre-match press conference in Hamburg on Thursday: "René is definitely out of our game against Gladbach". Fink fears that if he let the Germany keeper play, further injury could keep him out for much longer: "That is a risk we are not prepared to take", added the Rothosen supremo. 
 
That means that Jaroslav Drobny gets a rare chance to show what he can do. Fink: "I have absolute trust in Drobo's ability. He proved his value to us all last season. He has behaved in such a totally professional manner that he well deserves a chance to play. Drobo has always put the team first and has been a great help to René Adler. He fully identifies with HSV and the city. He is a valuable part of our team."
 
Drobny "important" to the team
Jaroslav Drobny: A real pillar of strength last season.

The experienced Czech-born stopper proved what he could do between the Hamburg posts last season. Something not forgotten by his team mate Marcel Janssen who told the media at the same press conference: "He is a great guy who is immensely important to us. Drobo is an experienced pro, who played the whole of last season for us, so finding his rhythm will not be a problem for him. He played in so many important games for us and proved that he is absolutely reliable. He has no pressure ahead of the Gladbach game." Fink agrees. He said: "He is an absolute pro who always performs well."


Slobodan Rajkovic will start on Saturday in place of Jeff Bruma who was handed a two-match ban after being given his marching orders in the superb 4-1 win at Dortmund last time out. Fink could also opt to play Milan Badelj (return from suspension) instead of Tomas Rincon in front of the back four.

Possible line-ups

Hamburger SV: Drobny - Diekmeier, Rajkovic, Westermann, Jansen - Badelj - Skjelbred, Aogo - van der Vaart - Rudnevs, Son 
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach: ter Stegen - Stranzl, Brouwers, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt - Nordtveit, Jantschke, Marx - Herrmann, L. de Jong, Arango 

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Rk. Team Played +/- Pts.
1.  FC Bayern München 30 82: 20 78
2.  Borussia Dortmund 30 67: 32 61
3.  FC Schalke 04 30 56: 38 58
4.  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 30 50: 37 51
5.  VfL Wolfsburg 30 53: 45 50
6.  Borussia M'gladbach 30 52: 35 49
7.  1.FSV Mainz 05 30 44: 45 47
8.  FC Augsburg 30 41: 45 42
9.  1899 Hoffenheim 30 66: 63 40
10.  Hertha BSC 30 38: 42 37
11.  Eintracht Frankfurt 31 39: 53 35
12.  Hannover 96 31 41: 57 35
13.  SV Werder Bremen 30 34: 58 33
14.  SC Freiburg 30 35: 52 32
15.  VfB Stuttgart 30 45: 58 28
16.  Hamburger SV 30 46: 62 27
17.  1.FC Nürnberg 30 35: 58 26
18.  Eintracht Braunschweig 30 28: 52 25
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