Friedrich suffers injury shocker

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MANUEL FRIEDRICH has suffered the unfortunate indignity of suffering another cruciate ligament injury just days after returning to training.

The 23-year-old Werder Bremen star suffered a similar knee injury this summer shortly after his ‚é¼ 2.5 million move from Mainz.

He had only returned to first team training earlier this week before the jinx struck again. Friedrich is now expected to be out of action for another six months.

Werder coach Thomas Schaaf expressed his dismay at the news, saying: "It's a real shock for us all.

"Manuel Friedrich will get every possible help from us on his way back to fitness. He has already proven that he is a fighter."