Ze Roberto no nearer return
Ze Roberto is no closer to knowing when he will be fit enough to return to first-team action.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 08/12/09 4:52pm
Hamburg's veteran midfielder Ze Roberto is no closer to knowing when he will be fit enough to return to first-team action.
The 35-year-old underwent ankle surgery in November but confesses he is still some way away from making a return to full training.
The former Bayern Munich man injured his ankle ligaments in the 2-2 draw with Hannover at the start of November and was expected back in the New Year.
Hamburg have struggled without the Brazilian and are currently on a run of seven games without a win.
The run of results has seen Bruno Labbadia's side temporarily slip out of the title race and down into fifth, six points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
"My foot was put in plaster for three weeks then, afterwards I will be handed a special sort of shoe and then I will just be able to make some training," Ze Roberto told Kicker.
"I have lost a lot of power and a couple of muscles in the process thus far and I still have to wait now. There is no news when I will be back, I have no idea."
Meanwhile Mladen Petric is one player who has made a successful return from an ankle injury in recent weeks, much to the delight of Labbadia.
"He has been coming on two times as a substitute, this was good news. Now he has to go through a full week of training again," he highlighted.
"Therefore this current week of training is a crucial test."