Werder Bremen defender Petri Pasanen will be out for an unspecified period after suffering a recurrence of the headaches that have afflicted him in recent weeks.
"Even last season he had bad headaches from time to time," general manager Klaus Allofs said. "This problem flared up against [FC] Basel 1893 and he had to be ruled out against VfB Stuttgart [on 27 August]." The Finnish international missed Saturday's 3-2 victory against BV Borussia Dortmund with a similar problem.
Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf added: "The situation seemed to have improved recently and Pasanen felt more comfortable but now the pain is back. We take Pasanen's situation very seriously and we will give him a rest. Of course, a medical check had already been done. However, we hope he will be fit again very soon."
Pasanen, 24, joined Bremen in summer 2004 from Portsmouth FC after a spell with AFC Ajax. He has scored once in 23 Bundesliga appearances and had established himself in the Bremen side following Valérien Ismaël's summer transfer to FC Bayern München.
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