Nurnberg midfielder Marek Mintal is facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing knee ligaments in Saturday´s DFB-Pokal final success over Stuttgart.
That game was only his fourth since recovering from an operation on his foot, and his 14th appearance of an injury-hit season.
The 2004/05 Bundesliga top scorer has played only 18 times since breaking his left foot in September 2005.
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