Konstantinos Mavropanos scored his first Bundesliga goal on Saturday, but followed it up by suffering yet another injury to force him off.
Arsenal loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos went through a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions on Saturday, as his loan club VfB Stuttgart took on SC Freiburg.
At first, it looked like the first half was going to be a total disaster. Stuttgart were 3-0 down within half an hour and way off the pace in the match. But it was the Arsenal centre-back who brought them back into the contest.
Mavropanos picked up the ball in the midfield area and drove forwards past a challenge in the 45th minute. He got a lucky ricochet before playing a nice one-two with Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, driving into the box and finishing confidently for 3-1. Within minutes, Stuttgart had another.
But just as the momentum was with them, half-time came, and Mavropanos was unable to complete the second period. Around the hour mark he was forced off with a hip contusion, and Stuttgart lost the match 3-2.
“He was in pain and couldn’t continue playing,” Stuttgart head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said afterwards.
As things stand, the defender is only expected to be out of training for a few days, but there will be further assessments to determine whether he requires a longer period out.
Although Mavropanos has joined Stuttgart on loan, the loan will turn permanent if the Bundesliga club avoid relegation. There are no guarantees on that front, but Stuttgart are currently a couple of points clear of the relegation zone after their first three games.