VfB Stuttgart will have to do without its storm talent Mohamed Sankoh for almost a year. As the Swabians announced on Tuesday, the 17-year-old Dutchman will be out for “nine to twelve months” after “damage to the capsular ligament apparatus in the left knee joint”.
Last week, Sankoh was operated on successfully in Hamburg, another operation may still be carried out.
“The attending physicians have confirmed to us that the operation went well and that all structures could be restored as requested,” said VfB sports director Sven Mislintat: “This is an important first step for Mo and at the same time the beginning of a long journey back to the football field . “
Sankoh crashed into the 5-1 season opener against newly promoted SpVgg Greuther Fürth just seconds after his substitution at a top chance with Fürth’s goalkeeper Sascha Burchert, twisted his knee and had to be taken off the field with a stretcher.
Sankoh is next to striker Sasa Kalajdzic, who will probably be absent until the end of the year after a shoulder dislocation, the second painful failure on the Stuttgart offensive.