Javier Chicharito Hernandez Sidelined for Europa League Tie
Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez continues to be ruled from the club’s Europa League round of 32 tie against Sporting Lisbon.
Hernandez scored Leverkusen’s only goal within their 3-1 defeat to Werder Bremen within the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday, but discontinued hurt right before the hour mark.
The Mexico worldwide sustained a small torn muscle fibre in the left gluteal muscle, and it is likely to be out throughout Feb.
“We will likely do without him for the following two days,” Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt stated.
“The injuries is unusual, so we can’t really anticipate when he’ll be fit again. The recovery process may take one, 2 or 3 days.”
Together with Leverkusen’s Europa League tie with Sporting, Hernandez can also be set to overlook Bundesliga fixtures against Darmstadt and Borussia Dortmund.
“In Stefan Kiessling and Hernandez we’ve two real attackers within our squad. We have to play differently in attack at Darmstadt,” Schmidt added.
“The way to succeed will again be courageous protecting, and individually from Hernandez’s absence we want become more harmful while watching goal together, even the midfielders.”
Leverkusen are sixth within the league table, three points off third-place Hertha Berlin.