The injury bug has arrived as Bundesliga teams prepare for the upcoming season, with strikers Mario Gomez and Patrick Helmes sidelined. In transfer news, Hoffenheim signed young Real Madrid striker Joselu to a four- year contract. Eintracht Frankfurt have made moves and may be adding another defender, while VfL Bochum have picked up a Leverkusen midfielder on loan.
Gomez Out for Six Weeks, Helmes for Six Months
Bayern München’s prolific goal scorer, Mario Gomez, suffered an ankle injury in the recent Liga Total competition and underwent surgery Tuesday. Gomez will miss six weeks of play, according to Bayern team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt.
I am relieved the surgery went well and I am no longer in pain. I need to be patient now, but will do everything I can to be back on the pitch as soon as possible
Former Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic, picked up on a 13 million euro transfer fee by the Bavarians earlier this summer, is expected to take Gomez’ place in the starting lineup. Bayern open their season August 25 against SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
A more serious injury was suffered by Wolfsburg’s hard-luck forward Patrick Helmes. The former German international tore cruciate ligaments in his right knee for the second time in his career in Saturday’s friendly with Manchester City. He will be out at least six months recovering from the injury.
Wolfsburg Coach Felix Magath on the injury
Patrick was heading in the right direction and this is a bitter blow for him and for the whole team. We will now all support Patrick so that he can get back onto the field as quickly as possible.
Hoffenheim Signs Joselu
1899 Hoffenheim have purchased the contract of 22 year-old striker José Luís Sanmartín Mato, better known as Joselu, from Real Madrid. The Spanish youngster was born in Stuttgart and attended early schooling in Germany before he returned to Spain with his parents. He began his career with Celta Vigo, where he played 24 matches and scored four goals after being loaned back to the Segunda Division club following the 2009 purchase of his contract by Real Madrid.
Last season, playing mainly with Real Madrid’s Castille reserve side, Joselu scored 26 goals in 36 matches in third division play, helping lift Castille to Segunda Division promotion for this season. Joselu scored in his 2011 senior team debut in La Liga, and also scored in December, 2011 in Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey win over Almeria.
“Joselu has proven his quality at Real Madrid”, said Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel. “He’s young and has great potential and will be a great asset to our team.”
Joselu signed a four-year contract with Hoffenheim, with the transfer fee undisclosed.
Tzavelas to Monaco, Orozco to Bochum
Greek international Giorgios Tzavelas has joined Ligue 2 club AS Monaco on a transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt, with a fee of 300,000 euros. The 24 year-old left back joined Monaco in January on loan and now a permanent deal between the two clubs has been struck. Tzavelas set a Bundesliga record in 2011 scoring the longest goal in league history, a 73 metre effort against Schalke that broke Frankfurt’s extreme scoring drought. Tzavelas booted a ball long from the left side that bounced high in the box. With teammate Theofanis Gekas lurking near the ball in the box but not touching it, the ball bounced past Manuel Neuer into the net. Frankfurt purchased the contract of the Greek from Paniionios in July, 2010 for 1.3 million euros.
In other Eintracht Frankfurt news, the newly promoted club has extended the contract of Maik Franz through June, 2015 and are also reportedly close to signing defender Carlos Zambrano from Schalke for 1.5 million euros. Zambrano, 23, has played most recently on loan with St. Pauli.
Bayer Leverkusen have loaned 5’7″ midfielder Michael Ortega to VfL Bochum. Leverkusen acquired the 21 year-old Ortega in August, 2011 from Mexican club Atlas. The Colombian played in seven matches for Die Werkself last season and has represented Colombia 13 times at the U-20 level.
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