Werder Bremen will be without striker Daniel Jensen for Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League match against Panathinaikos, with both sides needing a win to stay in the competition.
The Denmark forward damaged his Achilles tendon in Saturday's 3-3 Bundesliga draw with Borussia Dortmund, and will stay home as Bremen look for their first Group B win after draws at home to Anorthosis Famagusta and away to Inter Milan.
Bremen are still smarting after Dortmund's Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan scored deep into injury time to steal a point at Werder, and Germany midfielder Torsten Frings was not amused. "We can talk of negligence and stupidity, but we have simply given away too many points lately," said Frings.
Bremen's Brazilian stars Diego and Naldo both sat out training on Sunday, but are expected to be fit to play on Wednesday, while coach Thomas Schaaf says Jensen will definitely miss out, having played both Inter and Famagusta so far. Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg, who missed the game against Dortmund with a hip injury, trained with the team on Sunday and is expected to be fit to travel.
Panathinaikos are still sore after minnows Anorthosis Famagusta clinched their first ever Champions League group stage victory at the start of the month when they beat the Greeks 3-1 in Cyprus. Former Chelsea manager Henk Ten Cate took over the helm at Panathinaikos at the start of the season, and with his team bottom of Group B will be desperate for a win on Wednesday.
Having lost 2-0 at home to Inter Milan last month, a third consecutive defeat will end Panathinaikos' involvement in the competition, while Bremen need a win to bridge the two-point gap as they lie behind Inter and Anorthosis.