Fritz out for two months
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bayer Leverkusen's celebrations for their 100th birthday were overshadowed by a serious injury to former Germany Under-21 international Clemens Fritz, which is expected to sideline the right back for at least two months.
Without contact from any of the opposition, the talented 23-year-old broke his left shinbone during Bayer's jubilee tournament as he twisted his foot after kicking into the ground.
Fritz will not only be forced to miss the first two months of Bundesliga action, he will also be unavailable when Leverkusen hope to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages.
The youngster joined Leverkusen from Bundesliga Zwei side Karlsruhe in 2003/2004 and made an excellent impression in his first season when he surprisingly broke into Klaus Augenthaler's first team on a regular basis.
This was despite opposition from the likes of Swedish ace Teddy Lucic and Poland international Radoslaw Kaluzny.