Belfodil to undergo operation

Bad news for TSG: after much consideration, it has been decided that Ishak Belfodil will undergo an operation on his knee. Belfodil has had recurring problems since suffering the initial injury in the summer.

The Algeria international suffered the injury during the final match of last season, a 4-2 defeat away to Mainz. It initially seemed that a conservative treatment would suffice for the injury to heal. Belfodil made his return to the side for the first game of the current campaign, a 1-0 defeat in Frankfurt. However, he complained of renewed pain after the 1-1 draw away to VfL Wolfsburg. Not long afterwards, a bout of severe tonsillitis kept him bed-bound for several days. 

''It's been clear to us since the end of last week that Ishak will require a knee operation. It's a tricky situation. The injury is a complicated one and we've heard several different opinions from various experts. I'm not in a position to comment on the medical ins and outs. We regret that Ishak will be forced to sit on the sidelines for a spell and we wish him all the best for his recovery. We will be there to support him every step of the way,'' said TSG Director of Football Alexander Rosen.

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