Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Tobias Strobl has been ruled out of action for an indefinite period of time after damaging knee ligaments in his side's friendly away to English Premier League side Leicester City on Friday.
Strobl, a half-time substitute, had only been on the pitch for two minutes before the injury occurred when he caught his studs in the turf. He received treatment for several minutes before being stretchered off and replaced by Jonas Hofmann.
The results of an x-ray taken at a hospital in Leicester on Friday were inconclusive, but an MRI scan taken on Saturday upon the team's return to Gladbach revealed that Strobl has torn the anterior cruciate ligament and the lateral meniscus in his right knee.
It is a bitter blow for the 27-year-old, who has been plagued by a spate of injuries recently, suffering tendon damage, muscle tears, concussion and a separate knee injury all in the last 18 months.
Gladbach went on to lose to Leicester 2-1, despite Thorgan Hazard putting the Foals 1-0 up just before Strobl's injury with a stunning strike. It was the club's final pre-season friendly ahead of facing Rhineland rivals Cologne on Matchday 1 of the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign.
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