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Ankle surgery

Six-week lay-off for José Ernesto Sosa

Unlucky newcomer José Ernesto Sosa will be out of action for Bayern over the next month and a half after the Argentine schemer underwent surgery on an ankle problem at the beginning of the week.

Sosa, who finally returned to first team duty following a back injury with a brief appearance two minutes before the end of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Hamburg, frequently complained of pain in his right ankle over the last few weeks. The player suffered stretched ankle ligaments during the pre-season period.

Comeback in Bochum?

A detailed medical revealed the discomfort was caused by the presence of bone and cartilage splinters, now surgically removed by Dr Seebauer at Bogenhausen municipal hospital. If Sosa’s recovery proceeds according to plan, the 22-year-old could return to contention in time for the Bavarians’ Bundesliga trip to Bochum on 20 October.

Sosa arrived at Bayern in the summer from Argentine top flight outfit Estudiantes de La Plata. The attacking midfielder has made two short appearances in the Bundesliga to date, plus another substitute run-out in the first round DFB Cup tie away to Burghausen, where he saw his spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out saved by Wacker keeper Manuel Riemann.