Werder Bremen have begun preparing for the second part of their UEFA Champions League challenge by releasing Ümit Davala, while there is disappointing news for Christian Schulz.
Ümit, the 32-year-old Turkish international, will leave the Bundesliga club in the winter break and is keen for a fresh start. The right-back, capped 41 times by his country, is not certain where he will continue his career, having struggled to make an impression because of a succession of injuries.
Ümit joined Bremen in summer 2003 and played 22 times in their double-winning 2003/04 season. However, opportunities were limited in the 2004/05 campaign and he has since made only one Bundesliga appearance, with his last game coming in the UEFA Champions League qualifier at FC Basel 1893 on 10 August.
Meanwhile, left-back Schulz faces a race against time to be fit for Bremen's first knockout round ties against Juventus on 22 February and 7 March. The 22-year-old, who featured in all six group matches, suffered a calf injury in the 5-1 victory against Panathinaikos FC and will miss the winter training camp in January.
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