In terms of sport, 1. FC Nürnberg can be quite satisfied with the goalless draw at leaders Regensburg, but a bitter diagnosis clouded Saturday at the Middle Franconia.
Big bandage, big worries: Tim Handwerker is missing from FCN longer.
The misery had already become apparent before the game at Primus: Captain Christopher Schindler was not even in the squad with a muscle injury. Shortly before the kick-off, creative engine Mats Möller-Daehli also had to pass, who also had to stop the warm-up due to muscular problems. Erik Wekesser, who had been struggling with a strained ligament throughout the week, rotated into the starting line-up and from there into midfield.
But he didn’t stay there for long – because in the fourth minute left-back Tim Handwerker unfortunately buckled in the penalty area and injured his knee. The medical staff immediately rushed in, the 24-year-old limped off the pitch, heavily bandaged and supported on both sides, Wekesser moved to his position, and Kwadwo Duah came on.
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“Of course he’s not feeling well. There is a suspicion that something serious is going on in his knee. It didn’t look good and he didn’t have a good feeling himself either. We now have to wait for the diagnosis,” coach Robert Klauß said immediately afterwards quoted the goalless draw on the Mittelfranken website.
A few hours later, the FCN received the sad certainty: Handwerker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The club announced that in the evening. “I noticed straight away that something worse had happened. It’s still difficult for me to realize at the moment. The slump will definitely come,” said the left-back annoyed. The number 29 will therefore be missing from the club in the coming months and will no longer be used this calendar year.