Marco Rojas (r., with Vedad Ibisevic) will have to put his competitve debut for Stuttgart on hold
Marco Rojas (r., with Vedad Ibisevic) will have to put his competitve debut for Stuttgart on hold
Bundesliga

Injury blow to new Stuttgart signing Rojas

Stuttgart - Bad news for VfB Stuttgart: new signing Marco Rojas faces weeks on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a broken metatarsal in his right foot.

The 21-year-old attacking talent from New Zealand picked up the injury in last week's 5-0 friendly win against a local Select XI in Crailsheim and VfB team doctor Raymond Best estimates he will not be able to take part in "football-specific training" for the next four to six weeks or perhaps even longer.

A further examination on Tuesday revealed that Rojas, 21, will be able to continue with swimming, cycling and weight training to maintain a reasonable basic fitness level. As it stands, however, he will unavailable to head coach Bruno Labbadia when the action gets underway in earnest in early August.