Arsenal loanee misses another match with head injury

Konstantinos Mavropanos grimaces after picking up injury (Photo: Sportfoto Zink)
Konstantinos Mavropanos grimaces after picking up injury (Photo: Sportfoto Zink)

Konstantinos Mavropanos missed FC Nürnberg’s game at the weekend with a head injury, according to reports in Germany.

Konstantinos Mavropanos makes for the FC Nürnberg bench (Photo via Twitter / 1_fc_nuernberg)
Konstantinos Mavropanos makes for the FC Nürnberg bench (Photo via Twitter / 1_fc_nuernberg)

FC Nürnberg faced Wehen Wiesbaden on Tuesday, but Arsenal loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos missed out with a reported head injury.

Nürnberg boss Jens Keller confirmed Mavropanos would miss out before the game, saying: “Mavropanos is one of the players who has problems. So we have to wait for training and treatment.”

German outlet Kicker claim it’s a head injury sustained in the recent derby match against Greuther Fürth. The good news is that head injuries (bar the really serious ones) don’t tend to last that long.

If it’s just a precaution based on the concussion guidance, he should return to the pitch in a week or two.

All the same, it’s the latest in a long string of injury problems for the defender. Even just in the few months since joining Nürnberg on loan, he had a pelvic injury in February, a knock that forced him off at half-time in May, and now this head injury in June.

Add that to missing most of last season with Arsenal due to a very lengthy groin strain, which seemingly recurred over the summer to see the defender sit out for a month just as the season got going.

Fortunately, Mavropanos’ absence didn’t stop Nürnberg thrashing their relegation rivals Wehen 6-0. They now have a three-point gap to the bottom three, albeit with Karlsruher SC having played a game less.

There’s still a lot to play for in the final two games, if Mavropanos is fit for them.