Viking FK will be without Erik Fuglestad for the whole of the 2003 Tippeligaen season after the midfield player suffered a cruciate ligament injury.
The 28-year old is set to undergo surgery which will keep him out of action for around nine months. "I am prepared to do special training in order to come back. But one thing is sure, I will be back!" said Fuglestad, who has made more than 200 appearances for the Norwegian side.
We are looking at a recovery of at least eight or nine months and Erik is not likely to play for us this season," said Viking club doctor Arild Olsen, speaking from the team's training camp in La Manga, Spain. "The good thing are that most players come back after such injuries."
Fuglestad's injury comes at the worst possible time for Viking, as his likely replacement, Bjarte Aarsheim, recently broke down in training midway through his own rehabilitation programme. The club have, therefore, invited Scottish midfield player David Hannah to join the team in Spain. "He is an interesting and experienced player, [having played] more than 300 matches for Celtic FC and Dundee United [FC]," said Viking managing director Bjarne Berntsen.
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