Alex Silva ruled out for seven months

Hamburger SV have suffered a major blow after Brazilian defender Alex Silva, 24, was ruled out for at least seven months with a knee injury picked up in Tuesday's friendly loss to FC Wacker Innsbruck.

Alex Silva could miss the whole campaign
Alex Silva could miss the whole campaign ©Getty Images

Hamburger SV have suffered a major blow after centre-back Alex Silva was ruled out for at least seven months with a knee injury picked up in a pre-season friendly.

Huge blow
The Brazilian international turned awkwardly during Tuesday's 1-0 defeat by Austrian side FC Wacker Innsbruck and Hamburg's worst fears have been confirmed after tests revealed a torn cruciate ligament. The 24-year-old may therefore miss the entire season, an obvious blow for both HSV coach Bruno Labbadia and a player who had been seeking to re-establish himself with Brazil having won bronze with the country at last year's Olympics.

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