Bad start for Bremen new boy

Werder Bremen striker Mohamed Zidan faces up to eight weeks out after tearing ankle and calf ligaments.

Werder Bremen's new striker, Mohamed Zidan, has been ruled out of action for up to eight weeks after tearing ankle and calf ligaments in a friendly game.

Injured in friendly
Signed on loan from FC Midtjylland during the winter break as a replacement for Greek international Angelos Charisteas, who has joined AFC Ajax, Zidan was injured as Bremen prepared for the restart of the Bundesliga season with a friendly game against Hamburger SV yesterday.

'Blow' for Schaaf
The injury means that the 23-year-old, who is on loan until the summer with a view to a permanent switch, will miss Bremen's UEFA Champions League last 16 tie against Olympique Lyonnais. Coach Thomas Schaaf said: "Luckily Mohamed didn't break anything, but the injury is still bad enough and his absence is a blow."