So despite constantly saying he is serious about playing on , TH has skipped Hamburg to practice at home . For a guy lacking matches that is a bizarre decision, no matter how 'heavy' conditions are in Hamburg . To me this signals the beginning of the end . If he is missing a major event because his back might not stand up to the strain it is time to acknowledge that he is not fit enough to play full time and quit. I am very sad to be saying this because I am a huge fan of his , but the truth hurts. Tim, the time has come . Just do it . You will be remembered as a good player full of grace .