KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 20, 2016
It was bad news for two Americans in Germany on Tuesday as John Brooks was ruled out for Hertha Berlin's next two games due to injury, while Aron Johannsson received a two-game suspension.
Brooks, who did not play over the weekend as the capital team recorded a 2-0 win over Schalke to remain unbeaten so far this season, has been sidelined due to a muscle injury.
According to Hertha Berlin head coach Pal Dardai, the 23-year-old will miss the team's game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, a huge game as both teams are unbeaten, as well as this weekend's game against Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.
"John Brooks has muscular problems," said Dardai at a press conference. "He certainly will not play against Bayern and I don't think he will make it for the Frankfurt game. I count on him for the game against Hamburg."
Brooks has been one of the catalyst in Hertha's perfect start to the season and will be missed as they try to steal points when they head to the Allianz Arena to face the reigning Bundesliga champions.
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen will have to forge ahead in their quest to earn their first points of the season without their forward, Johannsson, as he was handed a two-game suspension and fined 8,000 euros for lashing out at referee Tobias Stieler during the team's demoralizing 4-1 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Icelandic-American received a red card for his troubles.
While Johannsson insisted that the referee misunderstood his words, this was not believed and he was handed his punishment.
When Johannsson returns to the Werder lineup it will be under a new coach as Viktor Skripnik was fired by the front office for the team's poor start to the season.