Kevin, you made your Bundesliga comeback on Saturday after a long spell out with injury. How are you doing?
"I feel good. I was able to play in the match without any problems whatsoever. It felt like a release and a moment of joy for me after such a long time out. Now I'm edging closer to being able to play 90 minutes of Bundesliga football. The game in Freiburg was a good first step towards that objective."
Last season you were only able to play in the 3-2 defeat in Hoffenheim on Matchday 2. How hard was the time out injured for you?
"It was brutal. I had been on the verge of establishing myself in the team in pre-season. I had a good feeling during the summer preparations. Then the injury hit me hard; 14 months is a very long time. But I always had the full support of the coaching staff, the medical department and my team-mates. That really helped me."
How do you assess Bremen's start to the season with seven points from four games, and what are your goals for the season?
"In terms of points, we can be very satisfied. In footballing terms, we still have a way to go. It was important to get points on the board was quickly as possible. Now it's about continuing our footballing development."
TSG have recently suffered back-to-back defeats, but beforehand they beat FC Bayern Munich. What are you expecting from this Hoffenheim team?
"I watched the Bayern match, and when I've watched them over the course of the past few years as well, Hoffenheim have always been a very strong side that come up with lots of footballing solutions, have good positional play and are strong in attack. But we should focus on ourselves and try to assert our strengths. We obviously want to do everything in our power to keep the points."
What kind of game are you expecting on Sunday against this TSG Hoffenheim side that were in UEFA Europa League action against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday?
"I don't want to read too much into Hoffenheim playing on Thursday. They have a big squad that will cope that with the strain. I don't expect our opponents to give one percent less on the pitch on Sunday. It'll be a very intense match between two teams who both want to pick up three points."