Per Mertesacker and Claudio Pizarro To Return For Werder Bremen Against Hamburg, Petri Pasanen Out

Claudio Pizarro and Per Mertesacker will return to action for the northern derby, but Petri Pasanen will have to miss out on the action.
Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf has received mixed news ahead of this weekend's clash with Hamburg. Per Mertesacker and Claudio Pizarro will return to action, though Petri Pasanen has been ruled out of contention to play.

The coach revealed that Pasanen has a minor injury, and will miss at least this weekend's match.

"He has a ligament strain and is out for Saturday. Anything further has yet to be determined," Schaaf said according to the team's official website.

The former defender also expressed his delight to see Mertesacker and Pizarro return to action.

"We are very pleased that both will probably be available to us. If in fact they are, they will also be in contention to start," he told Bild.

This weekend's clash with Hamburg is a huge game for Werder, who have struggled of late. The northern derby kicks off on Saturday at 18:30 local time.

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