• Guilavogui breaks vertebrae in his neck.
  • Midfielder to undergo further tests back in Germany.
  • Wolfsburg lose pre-season friendly to Sporting Lisbon.

VfL Wolfsburg's pre-season preparations suffered a major blow on Saturday with the news that midfielder Josuha Guilavogui broke vertebrae in his neck during the club's 2-1 friendly defeat to Sporting Clube de Portugal.

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The 25-year-old, who signed a permanent deal with the Wolves this summer following a successful loan spell from Atletico Madrid, was replaced by Amara Conde in the 65th minute in Lisbon after remaining prone on the pitch following a challenge. He was immediately taken to hospital, where an MRI scan revealed the diagnosis.

Guilavogui was stretchered off the pitch in the 65th minute of the Wolves' friendly away to Sporting Lisbon.

Guilavogui was able to return to Germany with the rest of the squad wearing a stabilising neck brace, and will undergo further examination upon arrival back in Wolfsburg. It is not yet known how long he will be sidelined for.

"The doctors said I had some fortune in my misfortune," Guilavogui told the club's official website. "I don’t accuse my opponent of doing any wrong, it was just an unlucky situation. Now I hope the healing process goes positively and that I recover as quickly as possible, so that I am available for the team again."