Injury blow for Mathijsen
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
AZ Alkmaar defender Joris Mathijsen will miss the rest of the season.AZ Alkmaar defender Joris Mathijsen will miss the rest of the season after picking up a serious knee injury.
The Dutch international tore a tendon in his knee during his side's Uefa Cup success over Villarreal on Thursday.
Mathijsen has been playing through the pain barrier of late, but he was stretchered mid-way through the first half of the 1-1 draw with Villarreal after a collision with Jose Mari.
The 25-year-old underwent surgery straight after the match and he is expected to be on the sidelines for six months.
Mathijsen will miss the Uefa Cup semi-final with Sporting and is also set to be absent for the start of next season.