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HSV's Mahdavikia to remain on bench once Bundesliga resumes: coach

Berlin, Jan 14, IRNA -- Hamburg's reserve forward Mehdi Mahdavikia has not practiced well enough in winter training camp to warrant a return to the starting formation, the kicker sports magazine quoted Hamburg coach Thomas Doll as saying Friday.

"Those reserve players who try to make the first team, have not made it very difficult for me to think over my starting formation. It simply was not enough ...," said Doll, referring to disgruntled reservists Mahdavikia and former German international midfielder Christian Rahn.

"I have to give more gas to pass by other starting players like Paul Beinlich and David Jarolim. There is no reason to make major changes," added the trainer.

A reserve player for the past five months, the former Persepolis striker has repeatedly expressed deep frustration over his benching but has ruled out an early transfer to another club.

Earning 2 million euros a year in Hamburg, Mahdavikia's current contract runs through 2007.

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