Hoffenheim will be without Kerem Demirbay for the foreseeable future after the Germany midfielder damaged ankle ligaments in the 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin on Matchday 21.
The 24-year-old went down under a challenge from Hertha defender Jordan Torunarigha in the 16th minute of Saturday’s stalemate, and was immediately taken to Berlin’s Martin Luther Hospital to determine the severity of the injury.
Scans revealed that Demirbay had ruptured the anterior ligament and partially torn the syndesmosis ligament in his right ankle, ruling the former Hamburg, Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Düsseldorf player out for several weeks.
*Translation: Dear Kerem, the entire TSG family wish you well and a speedy recovery!*
"This isn’t good news, although we were worried it might be a more serious injury," head coach Julian Nagelsmann told the club’s official website. "We now need to support Kerem as much as we can to help him recover as quickly as possible."
The 1-1 draw at the Olympiastadion was Demirbay’s first appearance of 2018, having missed Die Kraichgauer's previous three league encounters with a thigh injury.
He has made 15 appearances for Hoffenheim this season, scoring twice and providing one assist.