Though Mathias Jørgensen called it the "best-case scenario", FC København will be missing their captain for much of the Group B campaign because of a knee ligament injury.
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FC København must make do without Mathias Jørgensen for two months after the Danish international defender sustained a knee injury during a Superliga match on Saturday.
Jørgensen, who was injured early in his side's 1-0 triumph at Lyngby BK, will have to undergo surgery after tests showed the 21-year-old centre-back has suffered ligament damage. København say their captain is likely to be sidelined until mid-November.
"'Zanka' has a ligament injury which means he will require surgery," said FCK doctor Morten Boesen. "A scan has shown his cruciate ligament is intact but we will be testing its functionality in an operation. The ligament injury alone is likely to mean Zanka will be out for two months."
Denmark's title holders will be deprived of the skipper, capped four times by his country, for most of their UEFA Europa League Group B campaign, which begins at home to Ukrainian outfit FC Vorskla Poltava on Thursday.
"Of course I am disappointed to be facing a lay-off and to be missing all these exciting matches, but on the other hand I am happy that it is actually the best-case scenario – that it is the ligament and not the cruciate ligament," said Jørgensen.