Amanatidis blow for Frankfurt
By Sam Hez. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Eintracht Frankfurt paid a heavy price for their goalless Uefa Cup draw against Newcastle United on Thursday, with the news that striker Ioannis Amanatidis will be sidelined for the rest of the year.
The Greek international limped off the pitch after 78 minutes and a medical examination has now revealed that he has torn ligaments in his ankle.
Ç£That's certainly a bitter blow for us,Ç¥ declared Eintracht coach Friedhelm Funkel, who is already without fellow striker Michael Thurk.
If Frankfurt are to stand any chance of qualifying for the next round then they must secure all three points from their trip to Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
In November, Amanatidis signed a new contract that binds him to Frankfurt until 2010.