Campana hoping for first Nuremberg start

Jose Campana would be thrilled if Nuremberg coach Gertjan Verbeek decides to give him his first start for the club against Werder Bremen on Saturday as the replacement for suspended midfielder Markus Feulner.

Jose Campana of Sevilla

The 20-year-old Spaniard joined the Bavarian outfit on loan from Crystal Palace in the winter and he would relish the chance to prove he is worthy of a permanent move to the Bundesliga side, even though he admits it has been difficult to settle in, not least due to the language barrier.

"I'm still not managing to communicate with the other players," the Spain Under-21 international told the Nurnberger Zeitung, with the aid of team-mate Javier Pinola as an interpreter.

"I only understand one or two words, but I'm getting a lot of support from everybody in the club and I have settled in well and feel well looked after.

"The coach has not told me yet whether I will play, but if I do, then I'd be delighted.

"I'm certainly preparing myself in case I do play, and then I want to help the team and I'll give all I can to ensure Nuremberg are successful."

If Campana does play, he will also be playing for his own future in Germany.

"I would be delighted to stay here," he said. "First of all, though, I want to play as often as I can and then we'll see what the club decide."

While picking Campana or finding another alternative to replace Feulner is Verbeek's only real dilemma, Bremen coach Robin Dutt has a few more decisions to make.

Philipp Bargfrede and Felix Kroos both returned to training on Thursday and Dutt is hopeful to have both available for the trip to Bavaria.

However, Santiago Garcia has been ruled out for several weeks with a knee injury.

"We're more than experienced in dealing with injuries this season," said Dutt. "Nevertheless, this is a real shame.

"Santi played a great game against Hamburg and that makes this hurt even more, but we have alternatives and will make a good decision on Saturday."

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