German midfielder Nicolai Muller has been ruled out for seven months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Hamburg's opening day of the season 1-0 Bundesliga win over Augsburg.
The famous clock in Hamburg's stadium continues to tick following last season's victory over Wolfsburg secured their Bundesliga status.
Hamburg are the Bundesliga’s only ever-present and continue to mark the days, the hours and the seconds inside the Volksparkstadion.
Saturday's 1-0 home win was the first time that Hamburg won their opening day of the season fixture since the 2010-11 season.
Capped twice by Germany, Muller opened the scoring in the 8th minute but had to be substituted in the 15th minute after sustaining an injury during his goal celebration.
He produced an excellent volleyed finish before running off to towards the corner flag to celebrate.
Muller elected for a rather unorthodox celebration which involved him spinning round in circles before falling awkwardly on the corner flag.
"It's a real shame," Hamburg manager Markus Gisdol told reporters after the match. "I've never seen that happen before. He twisted his knee. We're still awaiting a diagnosis.
The diagnosis was delivered on Sunday morning and it's terrible news for the former Mainz star.
Muller ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is not expected to return to first team action until the latter part of the season.
Watch the video of his goal celebration below.
Hamburg face a trip to Cologne next weekend and will have to consider dipping back into the transfer market after losing Muller to long-term injury.
As far as goal celebrations go, Muller's bizarre helicopter attempt must be one of the worst.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben famously attempted a knee-slide celebration but hadn't taken into account the lack of moisture on the grass.
The Dutchman suffered nothing more than the humiliation of going viral on the internet and a couple of badly grazed knees.
Unfortunately, Muller will have to live with the consequences of his silly celebration.
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