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Frenchman sidelined

Long lay-off for Sagnol after Achilles op

Willy Sagnol’s miserable run with injury has continued after the Bayern and France right-back was forced to undergo surgery on Monday evening to repair a damaged Achilles tendon. Even if the player’s recovery proceeds without a hitch, he is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

A thorough examination by the club medical unit found that Willy’s current bout of Achilles trouble may well be caused by a pre-existing condition. Following the diagnosis, the decision was swiftly taken to engage Dr. Ludwig Seebauer of Bogenhausen hospital to operate immediately.

Injury misery

The latest serious injury is a major setback for Sagnol. The Frenchman sustained cartilage damage in his right knee last April and was unable to train for almost eight months. He resumed the squad programme after Christmas this year, but a slipped disc forced him to the sidelines again in March.

Just a few weeks ago, the 31-year-old told reporters he was determined “to recapture my best form,“ but the Achilles problem means his plans will yet again be put on ice for the time being.