Summary

  • Hertha to be without Weiser for several weeks.
  • Darida and Skjelbred set to return for hosts.
  • Jungwirth expected to replace Fedetskyy for Darmstadt.

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Hertha coach Pal Dardai will be expecting an improved performance in his side's final outing of the year, and will likely make changes from the 2-0 defeat at RB Leipzig. Vladimir Darida and Per Skjelbred are set to return to the starting line-up, but Mitchell Weiser will be out for three to six weeks after injuring his thigh again in Leipzig. Valentin Stocker and Alexander Esswein, who both started on the bench on Saturday, could also feature against the Bundesliga's bottom side.    

Watch: Highlights of Hertha's 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Matchday 15:

Darmstadt midfielder Florian Jungwirth came on as a substitute in the 1-0 loss to FC Bayern München, but he is expected to start against Hertha in place of Artem Fedetskyy. Coach Ramon Berndroth is confident that Jan Rosenthal and Peter Niemeyer will be able to play after picking up minor knocks against Bayern, but warned that a handful of his players are suffering with slight colds.

Watch: Highlights of Darmstadt's narrow 1-0 reverse against Bayern on Matchday 15:

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Hertha possible line-up: Jarstein – Pekarik, Hegeler, Stark, Plattenhardt – Skjelbred, Lustenberger – Esswein, Darida, Stocker – Ibisevic

Absentees: Brooks (muscle), Weiser (thigh), Duda (knee operation), Langkamp (thigh), Körber (knee)

Coach: Pal Dardai

Darmstadt possible line-up: Esser – Jungwirth, Niemeyer, Sulu, Holland – Vrancic, Gondorf – Sirigu, Heller – Rosenthal – Schipplock

Absentees: Höhn (foot), Milosevic (groin), Oliinyk (knee), Platte (rehab after hip operation)

Coach: Ramon Berndroth

Hertha host Darmstadt at the Olympiastadion on Wednesday 21 December at 20:00CET/19:00GMT.

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