Malanda ruled out of Wolfsburg`s Champions League push

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 18:11

Berlin: Junior Malanda will miss VfL Wolfsburg`s push for a Champions League place after a scan Wednesday revealed he suffered torn knee ligaments in their German Cup semi-final defeat at Borussia Dortmund.

The 19-year-old defensive midfielder will miss the rest of the season after straining the cruciate ligament in his right knee and tearing the medial ligament in the 81st minute of Wolves` 2-0 defeat at Dortmund on Tuesday.

The Belgium Under-21 international is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

"It`s a blessing in disguise, at least it`s not a torn cruciate ligament," said coach Dieter Hecking.

"It`s a pity for him, but at least he will be ready to go for it when the new season starts."

Malanda has made a good impression since joining Wolves from Belgium`s SV Zulte Waregem in December with two goals and an assist in seven Bundesliga appearances.

Wolfsburg, the 2009 German champions, are fifth in the Bundesliga, but just one point from fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, who are in the last Champions League place.

Wolves have a tricky run-in to the end of the season on May 10.

They face relegation-threatened Hamburg, Stuttgart and Freiburg, who are all desperate for points, before their final game against sixth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, who are just a point behind them and also fighting for a Champions League place.

AFP

First Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 18:11

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