Augsburg (dpa) – The photo that Mark Uth, injured to the head, sent from his sick bed with an ‘I’m okay’ message caused great relief far beyond FC Schalke 04.
Uth’s teammates missed just seconds of cheers from Uth’s teammates in the Bundesliga 2: 2 (0: 1) against FC Augsburg. “You don’t want to experience that”, coach Manuel Baum groaned after a disturbing Sunday, mainly referring to the serious sports accident of attacker Uth.
Rebellious and irrepressible, Baum left his former workplace in Augsburg. “Of course we get the positive out of the game,” said the 41-year-old. The most positive thing for him was “that the market is doing well”. On the other hand, the endless loop of Schalke’s failure continued in the 27th league game in a row. Tasmania Berlin’s age-old record of the 1965/66 season is now missing four games at the bottom of the table.
Given the special circumstances with fear for the health of Uth after his terrible collision with his opponent Felix Uduokhai, a reverse deficit and the equalizing goal of FCA joker Marco Richter in stoppage time and also in Schalke majority, Baum opted for a special view on the events: “On the plus side, we have already managed to win a match of more than 90 minutes – but no more than 90 plus. The clear message to us is that we need more than 90 minutes plus x minutes to win. “
On Monday afternoon, Schalke was relieved to announce that Uth had left the hospital. The attacker is “subject to the circumstances. Uth will undergo further examinations upon discharge from the Augsburg clinic and will continue to be intensively cared for by FC Schalke 04’s medical department,” the club said. Uth has “only” had a concussion. “I am incredibly happy and relieved that he is doing well again so far,” said innocent FCA professional Uduokhai.
After the shocking scene with a seemingly endless treatment time on the lawn, the game was even halted. But Schalke’s team wanted to continue playing at the request of referee Manuel Grafe. “We wanted to fight for Mark on the field,” said Captain Omar Mascarell. However, the plan to win for Uth didn’t work until the third minute of injury time after Benito Raman and Nassim Boujellab’s critically acclaimed goals. “We have to put everything in until the last second,” Baum warned his professionals.
The fourth run in the season felt like another defeat for Schalke. “We were so close,” Mascarell groaned. “We get up again. We see that we are very close,” said team manager Sascha Riether, speaking of “madness”. Baum is now responsible for nine of the 27 games without a win. But the hard-working coach continues to believe the winless series will end in 2020.
Schalke has two more home match chances against Freiburg on Wednesday and against Bielefeld on Saturday. The all-important Uth will then be missing. Baum gave the Schalke fans a Christmas promise: “We will certainly not give up, but we will put everything we have into the next two games, so that we will at least put the first three under the Christmas tree.”