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Hilbert hamstrung for Beşiktaş's Braga test

Published: Friday 3 February 2012, 21.36CET
Beşiktaş JK will be without hamstrung Roberto Hilbert for both of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounters against SC Braga, while İsmail Köybaşı is a doubt for the first leg.
Hilbert hamstrung for Beşiktaş's Braga test
Roberto Hilbert (left) has missed just one of Beşiktaş's UEFA Europa League matches this season ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 3 February 2012, 21.36CET

Hilbert hamstrung for Beşiktaş's Braga test

Beşiktaş JK will be without hamstrung Roberto Hilbert for both of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounters against SC Braga, while İsmail Köybaşı is a doubt for the first leg.

Beşiktaş JK will be without Roberto Hilbert for both of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounters against SC Braga this month after the German midfielder sustained a torn hamstring in league action.

Hilbert was substituted midway through the first half of the Istanbul outfit's 1-0 Turkish Süper Lig defeat by Mersin İdman Yurdu on Thursday and scans have revealed the 27-year-old has partially torn his left hamstring – an injury that club doctor Devrim Urgun has confirmed could take up to eight weeks to clear up.

The news will come as a blow to Beşiktaş as Hilbert has missed just one of their UEFA Europa League matches to date and scored the opening goal in the 2-1 defeat by Stoke City FC last September.

The Black Eagles, who play Fenerbahçe SK on Sunday, may also lose the services of their Turkish international left-back İsmail Köybaşı for the UEFA Europa League first-leg trip to Braga on 14 February. The 22-year-old, who picked up a groin injury during the same match, is however expected to recover in time for the return nine days later.

Last updated: 03/02/12 23.00CET

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