Barnetta out for season
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hannover midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta will be out of action for at least six months.Hannover midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta will be out of action for at least six months.
The 19-year-old Swiss international's absence comes as a blow to coach Ewald Lienen as he attempts to steer the Reds away from relegation trouble in the Bundesliga.
"It's bitter for both the team and the club. He played excellently in Rostock and has been a really lively element in the club over the past weeks," Lienen said.
An MRI scan has revealed the full extent of the damage to the cruciate ligament of Barnetta's left knee and confirmed to Hannover's club doctor that he will miss the rest of the season.
The injury was sustained during international duty in last Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Israel.