Hanover - Hannover 96 have been rocked by the news that club captain Steve Cherundolo requires a second operation in eight weeks on a troublesome knee complaint.

The American underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery after injuring the same knee on the first day of pre-season training back in June, and now faces an indefinite period of time on the sidelines following his latest setback.

Dufner keen on replacements

Accordingly, the club from North Saxony are intensifying their search for a new right-back who can replace the American, with sporting director Dirk Dufner telling German newspaper Bild that "we must improve the right flank, or we'll encounter problems with the competitive nature of the Bundesliga".

The Reds sit tenth in the table on three points after two league outings.