Hunt could recover in time

Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt is hoping to be fit to help his side end their poor run of form when they host north German rivals Hannover on Saturday.

Bremen have lost their first two games since returning from the winter break, and have not won since December 2, to slip to 12th place in the table.

Thomas Schaaf's men have conceded eight goals in those two games, a 5-0 thumping by Borussia Dortmund and most recently a 3-2 loss at Hamburg, but Hunt feels they can turn things around tomorrow.

He told the club website: "We have put ourselves under pressure with two defeats. Now it's up to us to get ourselves out of this situation.

"I am optimistic that we can win the game on Friday. It's a night game, the stadium will be full and I would like to do my part in the success."

The 26-year-old took part in full training today after missing the last two days with a thigh muscle problem.

And he reckons he will be in a position to face Hannover, who go into the game two places and four points better off than their opponents after ending their own run of defeats with a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday.

"It looked really good today," he said. "Luckily I didn't lose too much since I wasn't out that long. So I feel fit enough for an appearance on Friday."

Schaaf, though, said he would wait and see how Hunt responded to the session before making a final decision over his participation.

The coach said: "Aaron trained well. But we have to wait and see how he dealt with the session. He was also able to train before the Hamburg game but had to miss the match."

Should he be fit, Hunt is likely to take over as captain from Clemens Fritz, who is suspended.

Despite Bremen's poor form, Hannover coach Mirko Slomka said he would be happy with a draw from Friday night's match.

"Our goal is first of all to take a point from Bremen," he said on the club website.