Bundesliga News: Kuba and Johnson Injured, plus Recent Signings

Kuba Out for the Season

Polish international Jakub “Kuba”Blaszczykowski will miss the remainder of Borussia Dortmund’s 2013/2014 campaign after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee Saturday in BvB’s match against FC Augsburg.  The popular winger, 28, will undergo surgery in the coming days and will not be able to participate in football until summer training camp.  Kuba signed a two-year contract extension last July.

Said BvB Coach Jurgen Klopp

We’ve only got bad news. For us this is a disaster, but more importantly it’s terrible for Kuba

The Pole has appeared in 217 matches in all competitions for the Ruhr Valley side since transferring from Wisla Krakow prior to the 2007/2008 season, scoring 30 times.  This season Kuba had scored twice, with two assists, in sixteen league matches for Dortmund, completing almost 75% of his passes.  His pace and determination have made him a major contributor to Dortmund’s success in recent years, and further weakens Klopp’s injury-riddled club.  Kuba has also represented Poland on over 60 occasions, scoring 14 international goals, including one against Russia in the 2012 Euros.  Devout in his Catholic faith, Kuba has vowed that “I’ll give everything I’ve got to come back stronger than ever.”

Hoffenheim’s Johnson Suffers Broken Hand

Hoffenheim back Fabian Johnson suffered a broken hand in Saturday’s match against 1. FC Nürnberg and will be sidelined an indefinite amount of time.  Johnson, 26, is also a fixture in the U.S. national team and may miss the squad’s World Cup tune-up friendly against Ukraine in early March.  Johnson missed several USMNT matches last year with a hamstring injury.

The versatile Johnson, who has featured at both left back and left wing, has appeared in 60 league contests for Hoffenheim since joining the club from VfL Wolfsburg in 2011.  The Munich-born German-American began his professional career with hometown side 1860.  He’s earned 18 caps for the USMNT and is a preferred player for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and should be a shoo-in for the country’s World Cup roster this summer.  Johnson appeared for every German national youth side, from U-17 to U-21 before accepting the offer to play for the Americans in 2011. Johnson had been linked with several clubs in the winter transfer window before Saturday’s injury as his Hoffenheim contract expires this summer.

Hamburg Injury Woes

HSV lost both forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga and midfielder Zhi Gin Lam to injury within the first thirty minutes of Sunday’s match with Schalke.  The initial diagnosis confirms that Lasogga suffered a tear in his posterior left thigh while Lam has suffered a sprained and bruised left ankle.  A determination of how long each will be sidelined has not yet been released on the club’s website

SC Freiburg Sign Austrian Forward

Freiburg have announced the signing of Austrian forward Philipp Zulechner through June, 2017 from Austrian club SV  Grödig.  The 23 year-old leads the Austrian Bundesliga with 15 goals in 20 matches for Grödig this season.

Zulecher is a native of Vienna who began his career with SV Salzburg but found his scoring touch during his time at SV Horn, where he scored 31 times in 75 appearances between 2010 and 2013.  Zulecher received his first callup to the Austrian national team this fall in a friendly against the United States.

Freiburg Sporting Director Clement Hart Bach commented

We are delighted that Philip has Zulechner enthusiastic from the start for a change to SC Freiburg. We’ve been watching him for a while and see not only his goalscoring this season, but also the development that he has taken in recent seasons continuously and with hard work

Zulechner will wear the #15 jersey for the Black Forest club that started the season’s second half in fine fashion, coming back to defeat second-place Bayer Leverkusen Saturday.

Hannover, Wolfsburg Commit to Youngsters

Both Hannover and Wolfsburg have signed promising 18 year-olds to professional talents in the last few days. Hannover has inked attacking midfielder Tim Dierßen through June, 2017.  Sporting Director DIrk Dufner stated that “we involved in assessment all agree that Tim has great talent and brings the right attitude as a Bundesliga player to be.” Dierßen has most recently played for Hannover’s reserve side in the Regionalliga Nord, scoring twice in six matches, while also representing Germany at the U-15 through U-17 levels.

Wolfsburg announced the signing of Paul Seguin to a professional contract through June of 2017,  The Magdeburg native is the son of former FC Magdeburg player Wolfgang Seguin, who represented the GDR in the 1974 World Cup. The younger Seguin has scored six goals in 12 appearances for Wolfsburg’s successful U-19 club this season.

Wolfsburg Sporting Director Klaus Allofs said

We are delighted that Paul has decided to tackle the next step of his career at VfL.  He has exceptional skills and is poised to make the leap into professional football.

Serguin had trained with Wolfsburg’s professionals in the fall, but was unable to participate in winter break training due to injury.  Wolfsburg also recently announced the signing of young central defender Moritz Sprenger, also a native of Magdeburg and a member of Wolfsburg’s U-19 squad.  Wolfsburg youth players Julian Brandt and Federico Palacios Martinez were recently signed away by Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig, respectively.

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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