Max Kruse suffered a broken collarbone following this challenge with Schalke's Thilo Kehrer. - © imago / MIS
Max Kruse suffered a broken collarbone following this challenge with Schalke's Thilo Kehrer. - © imago / MIS
Bundesliga

Bremen striker Max Kruse sidelined with broken collarbone

Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse will be out of action for up to eight weeks after breaking his collarbone in his side's Matchday 4 clash at home to Schalke on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was replaced by Ishak Belfodil in the 19th minute after landing awkwardly following a challenge with Schalke defender Thilo Kehrer.

He was subsequently taken to hospital, where the diagnosis was confirmed. He will undergo surgery in Bremen later on Saturday before beginning a two-month recovery process.

"His injury is a big loss," said Head coach Alexander Nouri after the game. "Everyone knows his value to the side. We hope that he'll be fit again soon."

Despite going 1-0 up shortly after Kruse's substitution, Bremen slipped to a 2-1 defeat and are now second bottom of the Bundesliga table with just one point from four games.

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