Guilavogui suffers broken vertebra

Wolfsburg have announced that Josuha Guilavogui suffered a broken vertebrae in a pre-season clash with Sporting Lisbon on Saturday.

The France international, who has previously played for Saint-Etienne and Atletico Madrid, underwent an MRI scan in a Portuguese hospital, where he was stabilised following the second-half incident.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Josuha Guilavogui suffered a broken cervical vertebrae during Saturday evening's clash with Sporting Lisbon. That was the result of an examination in hospital in the Portuguese capital, where the French midfielder underwent an MRI scan. 

"Guilavogui, who was forced out of the game mid-way through the second half, was able to make the return journey to Wolfsburg with the rest of the team wearing a stabilising neck brace and will undergo further examinations upon his arrival."

The 25-year-old midfielder explained that the clash was an accident and hopes to be back on the field of play as soon as he recovers.

"The doctor's said I had some fortune in my misfortune. I don't accuse my opponent of doing any wrong, it was just an unlucky situation," Guilavogui said.

"Now I hope the healing process goes positively and that I recover as quickly as possible, so that I am available to the team again."