FC Augsburg head coach Markus Weinzierl must do without Daniel Baier “for a number of weeks” after he fractured an ankle in the 0-0 draw with Frankfurt.
The 31-year-old midfielder has been a mainstay for the Bavarians since his arrival from Bundesliga rivals VfL Wolfsburg in 2010, featuring in all but three of their 155 matches in the top flight.
But Baier is set for a spell on the sidelines for the first time in his Augsburg career, having started 18 league games for Weinzierl’s side this season.
The club confirmed his absence in a statement on their official website, which read: “Bad news for Daniel Baier – the FCA player has suffered a hairline fracture in his ankle, and will be out of action in the coming weeks.”
Weinzierl admitted his team will miss the German when they return to Europa League action against Liverpool in the last-32 later this month.
“We’ve shown good performances with Daniel Baier over the years,” he told reporters. “Now, we’ll have to do without him for a number of weeks for the first time ever.
“It’s depressing for him that he’s out of action prior to those [Liverpool] games.”