Martin Hinteregger was undisputed at Eintracht Frankfurt for a long time and has long enjoyed cult status in large parts of the club’s fan scene. In the last few weeks, however, the Austrian had to struggle with strong form fluctuations and lost his regular place under head coach Oliver Glasner. Now Hinteregger has to deliver again as soon as possible.
After the painful chest injury to oldie Makoto Hasebe, who played for Hinteregger in the back three in Hessen’s important 3-2 away win at VfB Stuttgart, the 29-year-old is now expected to return to the starting XI.
If the Frankfurters want to continue their race to catch up in the table and further reduce the three-point deficit to a place in the Champions League, the crowd’s favorite Hinteregger will have to find his way back to his peak performance in the home game against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Bundesliga record player and Eintracht legend Karl-Heinz Körbel, who spoke in “kicker” about the central defender, knows that too.
Körbel met Hinteregger by chance while eating this week and spoke to him directly: “I told him: You’ll soon be back to your old self once you’re in the rhythm,” said Charly Körbel to the specialist magazine.
Hinteregger replaced at Eintracht bankruptcy in Bielefeld
Hinteregger had revealed unusual weaknesses in positional play and tackling in his last Bundesliga appearances. He also seemed more error-prone than usual, after a catastrophic performance two weeks ago against Arminia Bielefeld (0: 2) was replaced at the break. After the bankruptcy, the national player publicly apologized to the SGE supporters for his performance and received a lot of encouragement and respect for it.
“He knows very well that he is even more of a focus now. Makoto Hasebe is difficult to replace but after seeing Martin Hinteregger I already think he can fill the gap. He is completely focused and looking forward to the games , I saw that in his eyes,” said the 602-time Bundesliga player Körbel before the home game against Wolfsburg next Saturday.
Hinteregger has played 92 Bundesliga games for Eintracht since 2019, scoring 12 strong goals as a defender.