Konstantinos Mavropanos picked up an injury on Saturday, after conceding a penalty earlier in Stuttgart’s eventual draw with Union Berlin.
VfB Stuttgart are currently in the midst of a Bundesliga relegation battle, and they’re fighting for every point with just eight games left.
Their spirits were lifted by last week’s win over Borussia Monchengladbach, their first win in almost three months.
But Saturday’s follow-up game away to Union Berlin did not go so well – for Arsenal loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos in particular.
Mavropanos received a yellow card in the 40th minute as he conceded a penalty, blocking a shot with his hand. Taiwo Awoniyi converted the spot-kick for 1-0.
It only got worse on the hour mark, when Mavropanos had to leave the field with an injury.
There’s no word on the severity of the injury just yet, but Mavropanos’ history with injury problems will obviously raise some concerns at the latest setback.
Fortunately for Stuttgart, they managed to score a 90th-minute equaliser and drag themselves up one spot in the league table.
They’re now in 16th, which is the relegation play-off place. Finishing in that position would mean a fixture against a 2. Bundesliga promotion hopeful, with the winner going up and the loser going down.
Stuttgart are only ahead of the automatic relegation places on goal difference, so they need to keep picking up the points, and they’ll hope Mavropanos is available to help them do so.
Regardless of whether they go down or not, reports suggest Stuttgart plan to use their option to sign the Arsenal loanee anyway.