Hitzfeld Roqued by injury
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The young Paraguayan centre forward picked up a knee ligament injury during a friendly clash with Turkish side Galatasaray.
Santa Cruz has been told he faces at least six weeks on the sidelines, something which is a blow to Hitzfeld.
The German tactician told SID: "This is a major setback and I am filled with regret.
"We had great hopes for Roque, we wanted him to develop into a key player this season."
One player who could benefit from the injury is fellow striker Claudio Pizarro, who recently expressed dissatisfaction at being on the bench.
The injury to Santa Cruz will hand Pizarro a chance to impress in the coming weeks.