Injury crisis in Brann – rejects that increased training is the reason

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VALLE (VG) Brann coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen only had visits from four outfielders on the bench when Vålerenga swept over the Bergen team with 5-1. Before the second half, two of the reserves were forced into action.

Daniel Pedersen, Ole Martin Kolskogen, Gilli Rolantsson, Marcus Mehnert, Fredrik Haugen, Taijo Teniste and Amer Ordagic made up the line of sick and injured when Brann met Vålerenga.

Bergensbenken was thus sparsely occupied with four outfielders, two of them without playing time in the Eliteserien previously. And even before half an hour had passed, Kåre Ingebrigtsen had to send the first man into action without notice.

Branns top scorer Gilbert Koomson stayed on the grass and stuck to his thigh. He was replaced by Erlend Hustad after 28 minutes.

During the break, Vegard Forren was also replaced. The midfielder has not completed more than eight of the 15 games he has started for Brann and admits that it is an injury that keeps him in check.

– I really wanted to change after 20 minutes because I have struggled with an Achilles that has worsened in the last week. If Ole (Kolskogen, journ.anm) had been ready from illness, I would probably have been at home. It felt good to begin with, but I’m struggling a bit so I have to get it right. If not then I will be a fairly average midfielder at this level here too, says Forren.

The center-back was replaced by left-back Ruben Kristiansen.

– There were four outfielders on the bench and you have to put in a back as a midfielder. Where is everybody?

– No, they’re in Bergen then. We have been terribly unlucky this time. There have been both bangs from national teams, illness and some injuries. We have lots of people on the way back, but we were very vulnerable today. But in any case, we must defend ourselves better than we do today. It is a bit so basic in football, says Ingebrigtsen after the 1-5 loss against Vålerenga.

But he denies that all the deadlines have anything to do with increased training.

– No, it does not. It can probably be related to one maybe two. Fredrik Haugen and Daniel Pedersen who have a little wear and tear, but we feel quite alert and have perfectly straight legs. It’s probably more that we have a terribly poorly organized night, says Ingebrigtsen, who now has four points in his first four games as Brann coach.

Sondre Eide (18) made his debut in the Eliteserien when he came on for Mikael Kvinge (17) after 79 minutes.

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