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Helmes suffers untimely blow

Published: Friday 20 August 2010, 15.48CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Patrick Helmes has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a calf injury which makes him a major doubt for Germany's opening UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.
Helmes suffers untimely blow
Leverkusen striker Patrick Helmes is expected to be out for two to three weeks ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Friday 20 August 2010, 15.48CET

Helmes suffers untimely blow

Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Patrick Helmes has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a calf injury which makes him a major doubt for Germany's opening UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.

Patrick Helmes has been ruled out for two to three weeks after suffering a calf injury during Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 3-0 victory over SC Tavriya Simferopol on Thursday.

The 26-year-old forward was withdrawn midway through the second half of the UEFA Europa League play-off first leg after tearing muscle fibres. He will miss next week's return trip to Ukraine and is also a major doubt for Germany's opening UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Belgium and Azerbaijan at the beginning of September.

"The season has not even started properly and we have three injured players," said Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes, already having to contend with the absences of Lars Bender (calf) and Sidney Sam (back). "It is especially annoying with Patrick, because he had a great pre-season and was looking really good. The timing is most unfortunate."

Last updated: 20/08/10 16.16CET

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