Ex-Arsenal and Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is hoping to make his Bundesliga debut for Werder Bremen against Bayern Munich in Saturday night's key showdown.
The 33-year-old joined Bremen shortly before the transfer window closed at the end of August, having been released by Arsenal, and he says he hopes to be part of the side that takes on Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Defending champions Bayern are licking their wounds after losing 2-0 at Kaiserslautern a fortnight ago, while Bremen are also in mid-table after one defeat and one win from their league matches so far.
"I think I'm not far away from being fully fit," said the Frenchman, who has made 40 appearances for his country. "Of course, I still need practice, but I can get that in the games, I am experienced anough. By the time of the Bayern game, I will be in top form."
Silvestre's contract runs until June 2012. He can play at centre-half or on the left side of defence. Bremen could also give a debut to Brazilian midfielder Wesley, who they signed from FC Santos for €7.5 million last month, as he now has the necessary paperwork to play.
Werder, who play holders Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and FC Twente in Group A of the UEFA Champions League, had wanted to give the 23-year-old his debut in the 4-2 win over Cologne, but his visa did not arrive in time.