Borussia Monchengladbach will be without striker Luuk de Jong for tomorrow's trip to Hannover and probably until next year after he suffered a knee injury.
De Jong was hurt in a tackle with Joey Barton in Thursday's 2-0 Europa League win over Marseille and the problem required knee surgery, ruling him out for the next six weeks at least.
The Dutch striker went under the knife yesterday after waking up unable to move his knee and coach Lucien Favre has to find another player to lead his attack in Hannover.
``We have Mike Hanke, Igor de Camargo and we also have Peniel Mlapa,'' said the Swiss coach yesterday.
``I have two days to make up my mind.''
Germany under-21 international Mlapa took De Jong's place after he limped off on Thursday and would appear to be favourite to start tomorrow.
Hannover have no similar worries from their 2-1 Europa League victory over Helsingborg.
Indeed, they come into the game in a positive frame of mind thanks to their European form.
``We have seven points now and we are really pleased with this win,'' said coach Mirko Slomka.
Didier Ya Konan was the biggest winner on the night as his goal earned the Reds victory, and it could also be the turning point in a difficult season for the Ivory Coast striker.
``I am delighted above all for Didier that he scored an important and deserved goal,'' said Slomka.
``With such a goal, he has also played his way back into the hearts of the Hannover fans.''