Hertha Berlin have been rocked by the news that central defender John Anthony Brooks has suffered a hip injury, which could see him miss the season run-in.

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The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes in Matchday 30's 1-0 win at home to VfL Wolfsburg, but a medical examination on Monday revealed he had strained a muscle in his hip. Coach Pal Dardai must therefore do without him for the weekend trip to in-form SV Werder Bremen.

The club hope to have the 26-time USA international back for Matchday 32, although have not yet put a timeframe on Brooks' recovery.

Born in Berlin to an American father and a German mother, Brooks has been at the club since joining them from local outfit Hertha Zehlendorf in 2007.

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Watch: From the archive: Brooks on his German-American roots.