Bruma's patience about to pay off
It looks likely that Jeffrey Bruma will replace injured central defender Michael Mancienne for the Bundesliga matchday 19 visit of arch northern rivals Werder Bremen to the Imtech Arena this weekend. The young Dutchman has shown great patience waiting for his chance. Now that patience could finally be paying off.
HSV will be without Michael Mancienne for the next four to six weeks. The young English defender landed awkwardly on his ankle after an aerial duel early on during the 1-1 draw at Nürnberg on Sunday, and a scan the following day revealed that he has torn two tendons in the ankle. So Hamburg supremo Thorsten Fink will have to rethink his defensive line-up for the eagerly anticipated northern summit against Werder Bremen in Hamburg on Sunday (27.01.2013, 15:30 CET). Odds on favourite to take Mancienne's place alongside captain Heiko Westermann in central defence is Jeffrey Bruma, who did well replacing the Englishman after only 14 minutes in Nürnberg.
"He (Bruma) did his job well and had immediate presence", confirmed Fink after the final whistle in Nürnberg. The young Holland-born defender hopes to catch the eye during training this week. The 21 year old said: "You always want to play especially when you are young. But sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for your chance."
At the winter training camp in Abu Dhabi both Fink and sport director Frank Arnesen held discussions with Bruma, underlining his importance to the team. Bruma told us: "Both told me that they are counting on me, and that I must be patient and try to catch the eye by working hard during training.” Now it seems that he could profit from the injury misery of good mate Mancienne. He told us: "Of course its not nice when your mate injures himself and I hope that Michael makes a full and speedy recovery." Until then though the battle to replace Mancienne is well and truly on, with Bruma in the driving seat, hoping to hang onto a first team spot should the chance arise.
He won't be daunted by the task. He revealed: "I prepare for every game as if I am going to play. That way it is not as difficult to fit into the team." Bruma impressed in Nürnberg and is hoping for more of the same against Bremen on Sunday. The Dutchman: "Of course I would be very happy if the coach picks me, after all we are all up for the game." It would be a real baptism of fire and the perfect opportunity to secure a first team place long term.