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Four-month lay-off for stricken Sagnol

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Four-month lay-off for stricken Sagnol

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:25 pm

05.04.2007

Tuesday's Champions League showdown in Milan began well for Willy Sagnol, as the Frenchman captained Bayern in Europe's elite competition for the first time, but the evening ended in shock and despair for the star right-back. Willy hobbled from the field on 68 minutes, club doctor Müller-Wohlfahrt initially diagnosing a ruptured meniscus, but a thorough examination in Munich has now revealed the full extent of the injury. The player has damaged both the meniscus and the cartilage in his right knee and will be out of action for at least four months

It means the season is over for Sagnol. "It's a bad loss," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented, as the Bavarians survey a demanding run-in both on the domestic front and in Europe.

<b>Operation in Augsburg</b>

Willy's team-mates expressed equal dismay at the seriousness of the injury, sustained when the right-back twisted the knee in a challenge with Milan and Brazil superstar Kakà. "Losing Willy's experience and quality is a heavy blow for us," Andreas Ottl commented. "Willy's one of our leaders," Philipp Lahm observed. "We'll miss him, He's technically excellent and superb at set plays," Daniel van Buyten added.

Christian Lell, Andreas Görlitz and Hasan Salihamidzic all represent alternatives in Sagnol's position, with one of the trio set for a first stand-in appearance in the weekend clash with Hanover. Meanwhile, Sagnol was set for surgery performed by renowned specialist Dr. Ulrich Boenisch at the Hessingpark Clinic in Augsburg. The surgeon repaired Roque Santa Cruz' cruciate ligament damage three years ago.

<b>Lengthy rehab</b>

Sagnol will be obliged to use crutches for a spell after the op, before commencing a lengthy period of rehab training. "Naturally, he's down at the moment," FCB media director Markus Hörwick reported after a private conversation with the player. But Willy is well-known as a battler, and will surely recapture his former brilliance once the new season gets underway.
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