Beyond the sting of losing its match against the SC DHfK this past weekend in Leipzig, handball Bundesliga team MT Melsungen is also reporting two new injuries. While keeper René Villadsen came up lame during the final training session, left wing Jeffrey Boomhouwer went down on the 40th minute of the match.
The MT has now seen insult joined by injury. Keeper René Villadsen suffered a serious sprain of his pectoral muscle during the last training session before heading to Leipzig. "René will need to spend around two weeks recovering," says MT team doctor Dr Gerd Rauch.
For Jeffrey Boomhouwer, the silver lining came during the MRI exam on the Monday after the left wing went to the floor during the match. Nothing broken, "just" a tear in the interior and anterior ligaments on the right ankle. Dr Rauch is predicting four to six weeks of healing.
"I'd only been on the court for a few minutes, had just shot a goal. One of the Leipzig players was on offence and lost his balance, dragged me to the ground with him and landed on my lower leg. My foot got severely overextended. It could have been much worse, though", reminisces Jeffrey Boomhouwer. "Injuries are always inopportune. Two at once is extra annoying, as I'll be missing not just my matches with the MT, but two Euros qualifiers with our national team as well", the Dutch native says.
Fin Backs called up to the squad
Fin Backs, a player from the Bundesliga Juniors leagues, will move up to cover Jeffrey Boomhouwer's spot. The 18 year old has been playing with both the Juniors A team and the MT Oberliga team. The left wing recently shone bright with 8 goals in the MJSG match against the Israeli national team.
Gentle upward swing from Göppingen match meets swift end in Leipzig
After seven matches and with just 4:10 points, the MT is currently in 16th place in the DKB Handball Bundesliga table. While the home victory a week ago against Göppingen helped build confidence in a win streak in October that would help erase the poor season start, the 20-23 result in Leipzig spells a bitter setback for Müller & co. Coach Michael Roth is calling for his team to change their attitude: "After the win against Göppingen, most probably thought everything would just keep going that way. But at this point, with a loss against Leipzig under our belts, every single one of us needs to wake up and understand that you can't climb out of this kind of hole without maximum effort."
The next chance for the MT's aces to get back to work will come this Sunday in a home match against TVB Stuttgart (17-15, Rothenbach Hall Kassel)