Schaaf considering Friedrich
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Schaaf is considering his options in the centre of defence after Serbo-Montenegrin international Mladen Kristajic returned injured from his country's Euro 2004 qualifying victory over Wales and the former Mainz star Friedrich is in the running for a place in the starting line-up.
Friedrich joined Werder in the summer of 2002 but suffered two knee cruciate ligament injuries during the last twelve months and has yet to play in Die Bundesliga for the North German outfit.
"I'm convinced we have done everything right as far as Manuel is concerned," Schaaf told a press conference on Friday.
"He has had two games for the amateur team and has shown solid form. I don't think that he can play a full 90 minutes in the Bundesliga yet, but he is definitely an option for me against Schalke."
Should Schaaf decide against risking the promising youngster, he could give defensive all-rounder Christian Schulz another chance to prove himself in the first team.