Boro suffer Pogatetz blow

03 November 2009 09:27
Middlesbrough have been dealt a blow with the news that Emanuel Pogatetz will be out for around six weeks with a fractured cheekbone.[LNB] The Austria international made his first appearance of the season on Saturday, with new manager Gordon Strachan naming him at left-back for the visit of Plymouth, but his comeback was halted early in the second half following a clash of heads with Argyle defender Shane Lowry.[LNB] Pogatetz underwent surgery on Sunday and a Boro spokesman told the Evening Gazette: "Emanuel has fractured his left cheekbone."[LNB] He added: "It's a recurrence of the injury he suffered playing against Basel in the UEFA Cup March 2006.[LNB] "He underwent surgery in James Cook Hospital on Sunday and the surgeon will review the operation within a week.[LNB] "Generally, the normal recovery time for this injury is six weeks, though he may be able to play sooner subject to medical clearance allowing him to wear a face mask."

Source: Eurosport