PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
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MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, September 13, 2013
Following the international break, Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim face a tough test against Mönchengladbach, while Tim Chandler will hope to make a return to Nuremberg's starting lineup.

Hertha Berlin - VfB Stuttgart

John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin will try to bounce back from their first loss in 14 matches against Stuttgart on Friday.

Berlin had a hot start to the season, with the Old Lady picking up three points in the first three matches, but the team went into the international break on a sour note with a 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg. Having two weeks to stew over that loss, Hertha will be motivated going into this one.

Stuttgart started off in the opposite manner, struggling out of the gates, but after a coaching change, the Schwaben won their match in convincing fashion over Hoffenheim.

This result and couple of weeks under the new coach should make Stuttgart a tough team for Hertha.

Hertha Berlin will be without Marcel Ndjeng because of a toe injury Alexander Baumjohann and Sebastian Langkamp because of knee injuries.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Abdellaoue will miss the match for Stuttgart with the flu.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Fabian Johnson might be questionable for Hoffenheim's home match against Mönchengladbach on Sunday, having suffered an injury on international duty.

While Johnson comes back to Germany on a high with the United States qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday, his teammates at Hoffenheim haven't had much to cheer about the past two weeks. They were on the wrong side of a 6-2 shellacking in their last match, a loss that has sat on their minds.

Mönchengladbach has had a tough schedule start to the Bundesliga season and has managed a .500 record through four matches, three of which were against teams in the top three of the standings. The other match was against Bremen, which sits currently in ninth place.

Hoffenheim will be without Roberto Firmino and Sejad Salihovic because of an ankle injury and a red card suspension. Mönchengladbach is not reporting any serious injuries.

Eintracht Braunschweig - 1. FC Nürnberg

Timothy Chandler will hope to start for Nürnberg when Der Club travels to last-place Braunschweig on Sunday.

Chandler lost his starting spot at right back before the start of the Bundesliga season and has only managed one start so far.

Citing struggles on defense in media reports a few weeks back, Chandler said he's put an emphasis on that in practice, and he hopes that will lead to a return to the starting lineup.

Media expected Braunschweig to be relegated at the end of year after returning to the top German division for the first time in 28 years, and through four matches, the Lions haven't proven them wrong.

Braunschweig has lost all four matches so far and has managed to score just one goal.

Der Club will not have Javier Pinola and Timo Gebhart available for the match because of a red card suspension and muscular problems in the abductor region.

Marcel Correia is out for Braunschweig with a thigh injury.

FC Ingolstadt 04 - 1. FC Union Berlin

Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt put their two-match unbeaten streak to the test against Union Berlin on Sunday.

Ingolstadt hasn't started off the season well, sitting in second-to-last place in the 2.Bundesliga standings. The Schanzer managed to turn it around right before the international break, recording all four of their points in the two matches prior.

Keeping that unbeaten streak alive will be tough against Union Berlin. The away team is riding an unbeaten streak of its own, its own lasting five matches that has catapulted the team into second place.

Ingolstadt will be without Moritz Hartmann and Almog Cohen because of knee and ankle injuries, while Mario Eggimann is unavailable for Berlin with a herniated disk.

Stuttgarter Kickers - Jahn Regensburg

Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers will look to turn things around when Jahn Regensburg comes to town in 3. Liga action on Saturday.

The Kickers have yet to win during the first eight matches of the season, and they currently sit in 19th place with three points and a goal differential of -10.

Fennell has returned to the starting lineup at center back the last two matches, and although the Kickers lost both matches, he seems set to start a third consecutive one.

Regensburg, meanwhile, sits comfortably in the middle of the standings and should prove to be a tough team against which the Kickers can get a win. Regensburg has won three of its last four matches.

The Kickers will be without Stefan Maletic, Kevin Dicklhuber, Paul Grischok and Mahir Savranlioglu due to a thigh injury, a red card suspension, a should injury and a torn ACL.

Patrick Haag, Thomas Kurz and Benedikt Schmid are out for Regensburg with an undisclosed muscle injury, a knee injury and a thigh injury.

Notes

Returning from international duty, Michael Parkhurst will hope to dress for Augsburg when the Fuggerstädter host Freiburg on Saturday.

Steve Cherundolo is still recovering from a knee operation and will miss Hannover's Saturday match at Bayern Munich.

Jermaine Jones might be relegated to the bench for Schalke when the Royal Blues travel to the Karnevalstadt on Saturday to face Mainz.

Bobby Wood looks set to come off the bench for 1860 Munich on Friday against Aalen.

Andrew Wooten will dress for Kaiserslautern at Sandhausen on Saturday.

With a new coach in charge, Matt Taylor might lose his starting spot for Münster's match against Unterhaching on Saturday.

Jerome Kiesewetter will hope to dress for Stuttgart II on Saturday at RB Leipzig.
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