Paderborn - Influential SC Paderborn 07 midfielder is expected to be out for at least eight weeks after suffering a meniscus tear in his right knee.

The 28-year-old Albanian, whose 12 league goals in 23 games helped the North-Rhine Westphalian club secure Bundesliga football for the first time in their history in 2013/14, will go under the knife in Augsburg on Wednesday.

Paderborn take their top-flight bow at home to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 24 August.