Hamburger SV have suffered an untimely setback in their attempt to lift themselves off the foot of the Bundesliga table with news that goalkeeper Rene Adler is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an elbow injury.
The 31-year-old former Germany international – ever–present for the Red Shorts so far this season – requires surgery to correct a problem in the joint and is not expected to return to action until the New Year. "There is inflammation in the elbow; an operation is unavoidable and means [Adler] will probably miss the remainder of the first-half of the season," HSV coach Markus Gisdol confirmed.
Watch: Check out Adler's heroics for the Red Shorts on Matchday 5:
The news means that Christian Mathenia could be set to make his competitive debut for Hamburg against Gisdol’s former side, the third-placed TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, on Sunday. HSV have failed to win a Bundesliga game this season, losing eight of their ten games to date in the German top flight.