Hamburg's Muller suffers torn ACL celebrating winning goal

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 20, 2017

Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller has been ruled out for seven months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) - while celebrating scoring a goal.

After volleying in neatly at the near post, Muller sprinted away before rotating twice, then leaping in the air before a crunching landing ended with him in agony lying on the turf.

It was later revealed that Muller has ruptured his ACL after the studs stuck in the ground and the pressure on his knee became too much.

Knee ligament injuries are notoriously hard to come back from and Muller now faces an extended spell out of action.

"The diagnosis has come as a huge shock to us", Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt said. "We wish him all the best for his recovery and, of course, will support him as best we can".

Having been dumped out of the German Cup by third-division Osnabruck in last weekend's first round matches, this is another blow for Hamburg, who have only narrowly avoided relegation in three of the last four seasons.

In his 14 minutes on the pitch Muller retained possession well as he completed 80 per cent of the passes that he attempted, but the 29-year-old is now set to miss the majority of the rest of the season.

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