Training restarts with three new faces in the squad

21 players were on the pitch for the first pre-season training session, with more expected to join in the coming days.

During the post-training interviews, it was clear to hear that Tim Walter had just taken charge of a lively session with his team. The 45-year-old sounded a bit hoarse as he answered questions for HSVtv after his first 90-minute session with the team. The players and the new coaching staff began training at 13:00 CEST on Friday (18th June) on the training ground near the Volksparkstadion. Twenty-one players took part in various drills, with Walter stepping in to give instructions through the session. “If I don’t make it clear what I want from the players, then there’s no point,” he said afterwards. 

David Kinsombi and Jan Gyamerah were unable to take part in team training after having screws removed from their shin and calf respectively over the summer from injuries picked up in 2019. Instead, the duo took part in individual training. Toni Leistner also trained individually after having tested positive for Covid-19 over the summer. Leistner has since recovered and is training individually before being eased back into team sessions. 

New signings Sebastian Schonlau, Jonas Meffert and Miro Muheim all took part in the session, as did Aaron Opoku and Xavier Amaechi, who have both returned from their respective loans. Maximilian Rohr (25) and Anssi Suhonen (20) from the U21s, as well as U19s goalkeeper Steven Mensah (18) also participated. Josha Vagnoman and Amadou Onana are enjoying a few extra days off after having been away on international duty. The duo will return on 27th June and will begin training the following day. The team will take part in two more sessions over the coming days.