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Frankfurt's Niko Kovac: Painkillers are an essential part of football

Niko Kovac took over at Frankfurt in 2016.

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac believes that "you can't do without painkillers in football" as "pros stretch their bodies to the limit."

The Bundesliga side, who are competing for a place in Europe, have seen their form dip as they have struggled with injuries in recent months.

They have lost their last three matches in the domestic league, and just edged past second-tier club Arminia Bielefeld earlier this week in the DFB Pokal.

Frankfurt were without nine injured players in that match, and...