Germany will play their ECh-qualification matches this weekend against Russia. Russia has called back Evgeny Trefilov to take the lead again at the Russian national team, on the other side Heine Jensen is struggling to find players for some positions, since more German national team players were hit by injuries lately.
Leftback Nadja Nadgornaja (THC), playmaker Kim Nadzinavicius (Bayer Leverkusen) and rightback Anne Hubbinger (HC Leipzig) had suffered hand-fractures.
Lineplayers Anne Müller (knee injury) and Luisa Schulze (medical problems) (both from HC Leipzig) are both out, as well as leftwinger Lone Fischer from Buxtehude (knee injury).
Goalkeeper Katja Schülke ( HC Leipzig) is pregnant, and rightback Isabelle Klein(Buxtehude) is also out due to maternity issues.
The squad of Germany:
Goalkeepers: Jana Krause (THC), Clara Woltering (Buducnost)
Wingers: Natalie Augsburg (HCL), Marlene Zapf (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Maike Schirmer (VfL Oldenburg)
Backplayers: Angie Geschke (VfL Oldenburg), Franziska Mietzner (THC), Laura Steinbach (FTC), Shenia Minevskaja (TuS Metzingen), Kerstin Wohlbold (THC), Anna Loerper (VfL Oldenburg), Saskia Lang (HCL), Susann Müller (HCL), Christine Beier (Spreefüxxe Berlin)
Lineplayers: Anja Althaus (THC), Wiebke Kethorn (VfL Oldenburg)
Leftwinger,Ekaterina Marennikova about return of former head-coach Evgeny Trefilov:
“There are many reasons for the weak results of the Russian national team. One of them is the generation change which takes a lot of time. We have plenty of new players in the team and we cannot change the squad immediately because we need time to make a good team,”
“With the return of Trefilov we will change only the approach in our work. The success of the national team will depend not only on him but on the team itself, and I think that this team is able to show good results.”
The squad of Russia:
Goalkeepers: Maria Sidorova (Zvezda Zvenigorod), Galina Gabisova (Rostov on Don), Maria Basarab (Lada Togliatti), Elena Fomina (Dinamo Volgograd)
Backs: Vladlena Bobrovnikova (Rostov on Don), Maria Garbuz (Kuban Krasnodar), Ekaterina Davydenko (Lada Togliatti), Ekaterina Ilina (Lada Togliatti), Liudmila Postnova (Zvezda Zvenigorod), Anna Punko (Kuban Krasnodar), Anna Sen (Rostov on Don), Tatiana Khmyrova (Vardar Skopje)
Wingers: Elena Avdekova (Dinamo Volgograd), Anna Vyakhireva (Zvezda Zvenigorod), Polina Gorshkova (Lada Togliatti), Oksana Kiseleva (Kuban Krasnodar), Olga Chernoivanenko (Lada Togliatti), Marina Yartseva (Rostov on Don)
Line players: Ksenia Makeeva (Dinamo Volgograd), Aleksandra Stepanova (Dinamo Volgograd)