Schalke 04 Head coach David Wagner, confirmed that they have lost their top-scorer Suat Serdar for the rest of the season due to a torn leg ligament.
The 23-year old Suat Serdar, who has scored seven league goals this season from defensive midfielder, suffered the injury in the second half in the Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to Augsburg.
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Suat Serdar, who just made his Germany debut last November, will undergo further tests to decide “whether an operation is necessary at the end of the week,” said Schalke 04 head coach David Wagner.
Serdar is expected to be sidelined for three to four months, missing their last seven league games.
For Wednesday’s league match at Fortuna Duesseldorf, who are third from bottom, France under-20 midfielder Jean-Clair Todibo, who is on loan from Barcelona, is fit after recovering from an ankle injury.
The loss of Serdar is the latest blow to Schalke 04, who are winless in their last nine league games, conceding 22 goals and scoring just twice.
Having been in the title race before Christmas, Schalke have dropped from third in December to eighth in the table.
As the pressure is increasing, the Huddersfield Town ex-manager David Wagner has admitted that it’s “not pleasant”, having also been hammered 4-0 at Dortmund ten days ago.
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“At the moment we are no longer the team we were in the first half of the season,” David Wagner said.
“You can’t compare the kind of football we played back then.”