Obasi needs surgery on fractured shinbone

Hoffenheim striker Chinedu Obasi will be out of action for the foreseeable future after being told he needs an operation on his left shinbone to repair the fracture he sustained against Hamburg. The difficult news came after results of an earlier test revealed the nature of the injury when Obasi visited specialist doctor Dr. Ludwig Seebauer in Munich.

Hoffenheim's team doctor, Dr. Henning Ott, who travelled with Obasi to Munich, confirmed that the test results "gave us no other option than to operate in order to get him back into training without any pain and then eventually back to full fitness and the starting line-up." It has been a difficult few months for the Nigerian international after he picked up the original stress fracture whilst on duty with Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The recovery period seemed to be running to plan and Obasi was showing a lot of promise, which led to Ralf Rangnick allowing the Nigerian to play a part in four Bundesliga matches for Hoffenheim. The 24-year old had to miss training for a week due to the pain, which led to the trip to Munich to discover the extent of the problem. The operation will take place next Wednesday in Munich in the capable hands of Dr. Seebauer, who will insert a small metal plate into the bone to provide more stability. It is expected that Obasi will miss up to 3 months because of the operation.

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