Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings has breathed a sigh of relief after learning the ligament damage he sustained on Tuesday is not as bad as first feared.
Bremen announced the 30-year-old German international had torn cruciate ligaments in his right knee during a pre-season friendly against second division SC Paderborn, an injury that would have ruled him out for six months. An examination by knee specialist Dr. Heinz-J. Eichhorn has since revealed a more positive prognosis: Frings has only suffered slight ligament damage and is expected to be on the sidelines for about six weeks.
"I am totally relieved about these new results," Frings said. "It is still very sad I picked up an injury at this time of the season, but if nothing is torn I'll be back in the team soon." Coach Thomas Schaaf added: "That's some good news at least. We've not had much of that in recent weeks. I'm happy for Torsten and for all of us that his injury is not as bad as we thought." Frings will miss Bremen's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie in August, but could be back in time for Germany's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against Wales on 8 September.
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