United States international John Brooks has been ruled out for three months with a thigh injury by his club Wolfsburg.
Brooks was forced off before half-time with the injury during Wolfburg's 1-0 DFB Pokal first-round win over Eintracht Norderstedt at the weekend.
Kicker reported on Monday that the defender faced a challenge to return in time for Wolfsburg's Bundesliga opener against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
But the Bundesliga club have since confirmed that the injury was worse than first...
United States international John Brooks was taken off with a thigh problem just 37 minutes into his competitive debut for Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg, the 2015 DFB Pokal winners, secured their passage to the second round of the competition on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Norderstedt thanks to Ignacio Camacho's second-half strike.
At that point, Wolfsburg were already without Brooks, who was forced to leave the pitch with an injury eight minutes from the half-time whistle.
"We will see how bad it...
Wolfsburg boss Andries Jonker has said U.S. defender John Brooks can be a "weapon" for the Bundesliga side as he granted him a few days off to regain his freshness.
Brooks, 24, became the most expensive American player of all time when joining Wolfsburg from his hometown club Hertha Berlin in a €20 million transfer earlier this summer.
At the weekend, Brooks scored from a set piece in a 3-0 friendly win at Fulham, and Jonker said the centre-back can be an asset at both ends of the pitch.
Wolfsburg's United States international defender John Brooks has said he has not given up on a future Premier League move.
Brooks, 24, joined Wolfsburg from hometown club Hertha Berlin earlier this summer, setting a new record fee for an American player in a reported €20 million ($22.4m) deal.
He has been linked with a Premier League switch in recent years, and last year Watford saw a €10m bid turned down by Hertha.
Brooks told Sport Bild: "Quite a few people were surprised...