Influential Frankfurt star Martin Hinteregger has confirmed that he will miss the Europa League Final with Rangers after a late push to recover from injury.
The Austrian international centre-back, 29, is a leading figure in the Bundesliga outfit’s squad and picked up a serious knock in the second leg of the semi-final victory over West Ham.
Whilst manager Oliver Glasner confirmed then that a thigh issue would likely keep him out for the season, hope built of a return this week.
“Hinteregger has suffered a major muscle injury, which means he is out for the season,” said Glasner [Bulinews].
“That’s a shame for Martin (Hinteregger) and for us.”
The German side’s captain Sebastian Rode gave their fans some hope as he claimed that Martin Hinteregger could make the Seville showpiece after all.
Describing him as a “huge figure” for the side, Rode claimed that the Austrian international had not “ruled himself out” [Daily Record].
Martin Hinteregger out of Rangers Frankfurt Final
Now Hinteregger himself has reportedly claimed that he will not make the clash with Rangers as he counts the cost of the earlier injury.
German outlet Bild claim the player is out of the tie with Martin Hinteregger claiming it could be July before he is back to full fitness.
“Whether this takes three, four or six weeks is not important at first, because after that there is vacation anyway. I’m in top shape again to prepare,” said Hinteregger.
“I hadn’t had this kind of injury before. That’s why I noticed right away on the court that’s it. The diagnosis was actually only the confirmation of the feeling.”
The responsibility for marshaling the defence will then fall to £23.5m-rated Arsenal-linked French centre-back Evan Ndicka.
Ndicka, 22, is one of the the most highly-rated young defenders in the game with the Gunners long-term reported suitors and Newcastle United amongst the most recent clubs to be linked [Scottish Sun].
European finals are the place where legends make their names and let’s see if the young Frenchman can plug the chasm left by Hinteregger’s absence.