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09.02.2018

Adams and Akpoguma out injured, hope remains for Bicakcic

TSG Hoffenheim will have to go without defensive players Kasim Adams and Kevin Akpoguma in the coming weeks. Fellow defender Ermin Bicakcic was also forced to leave the field of play due to an injury during the first Bundesliga home match of the season against SC Freiburg (3-1).

Kevin Akpoguma suffered an eye socket fracture and a concussion as he competed for an aerial ball in the first half of the match against SC Freiburg. The 23 year old central defender had himself been substituted on in the 19th minute to take the place of the injured Ermin Bicakcic. Akpoguma was able to play on after the incident, but after complaining of discomfort during half-time, he was deemed unfit to continue. He was then taken to hospital for further medical examination. 

Ermin Bicakcic took a knock to an already strained achilles tendon. There is hope that he'll be able to make the most of the international break in order to recover in time for the resumption of Bundesliga action.  

Adams forced to cancel international commitments

Just before the whistle went for half-time on this extraordinary afternoon, Kasim Adams became the third central defender forced to leave the field of play injured. After coming off worse in a tackle in midfield, the 23 year old Ghana international was initially treated by the team doctor, who then decided it best to send him to the hospital for further tests. There it was revealed that he had suffered injuries to several ligaments in his ankle. The new arrival from Bern will not only be out of action for TSG, he will also miss out on international duty. This is also the case for Andrej Kramaric, who is yet to fully recover from the knee injury he suffered at the World Cup and is also struggling with light adductor problems. The Croatian was nonetheless able to come off the bench to score the decisive goal against SC Freiburg.

''All this absurd misfortune we've faced is mitigated by the fact that we're fortunate enough to have a number of extraordinary defensive players in our squad, who can all slot in and adapt to different systems,'' said Alexander Rosen.''Given the challenges we're facing, it's so vitally important that we've put together a squad that has such balance and such depth. We're missing an entire Bundesliga line-up at the moment, a very good Bundesliga line-up at that, but we're handling this difficult situation in the same way we've always dealt with adversity in the past. We're not going to sit around complaining. We're going to stick together and fight all the harder for the lads who aren't able to be out there on the pitch with us. Despite our unbelievably bad luck with injuries, we can still put out a very strong team, a team that has an incredible strength of character. That was there for all to see yesterday,'' stated the director of football.

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