Werder Bremen teammates Sokratis and Arnautovic fight on the training pitch

Werder Bremen are a team in trouble.

Sitting 14th in the 18-team Bundesliga and just six points above the bottom three, Werder are arguably the biggest failure in the German top flight this campaign.

With relegation fears still engulfing the club, preparations for this weekend’s tricky match away at Mainz appear to have gone disastrously badly as Marko Arnautovic and Sokratis Papastathopoulos came to blows on Thursday at training.

It all started when Arnautovic went down clutching his head after trying to take on Sokratis during a practice match.

Arnautovic’s behaviour – rolling around on the deck with his head in his hands – suggested that Sokratis had elbowed the Austrian striker in the head, however the footage failed to show any intent from the Greek defender to do harm to his teammate.

Sokratis tried to help Arnautovic back to his feet, but the Austrian reacted terribly as he he threw an elbow when offered a hand of help.

Cue the mayhem as Arnautovic eventually got back on his feet only for Sokratis to grab the forward by his throat as tensions threatened to spill over.

Watch Sokratis and Arnautovic fight on the training pitch below.