Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby is likely to be sidelined for a long time after the midfielder suffered a collarbone injury. The Tottenham Hotspur play maker who initially was on loan to Hamburg will not play a football match for the next 10 weeks at least after he obtained an injury in the team’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in a friendly match.It is not known as to when the important play maker will recover fully but the technical team hopes that the vital player will have bounce back very soon .
The 24 year old will undergo surgery on Friday before proceeding with his therapy to guarantee his quick recovery.Hamburg will now be faced with a task to find temporal replacement for Lewis Holtby who is unlikely to play in the next two months.Hamburg head coach Josef Zinbauer also expressed his sad views about the players injury and also ensured that the team will help him recover sooner and help the team finish the league in a good position in the remaining league games.
Lewis Holtby has been unfortunate with this injury as the young player was hoping to get consistent game time at Hamburg after a string of disappointments in the previous teams that he has played for. Holtby did not get a lot of game time at Tottenham Hotspur and as a result he was subsequently transfered to Hamburg on loan before eventually securing a long term contract.The young player was hoping to play more at the Hamburg setup but he has been very unfortunate to suffer a long term injury like the one he has obtained.
Lewis Holtby career profile
Lewis Holtby started his career at Sparta Gerderath and subsequently moved to Borussia Monchengladbach but was also released by the club.He then moved to Alemannia Aachen where he was promoted to the first team but did not get any game time. He later joined Schalke 04 where he signed for four years,subsequently he was loaned to VFL Bochum to gain more experience and game time.He returned to the club in 2011 and gained more game time hence scoring a couple of goals for Schalke.
Holtby moved to Tottenham Hotspurs in 2013 where he played quite a few games and scored a couple of goals for the English side. His first premiership goal was against Fulham in december 2013,the game that they won 2-1.Lewis Holtby eventually joined Fulham on loan in the 2013-2014 season where he cited that he is motivated to fight for the team and help them survive relegation, he also mentioned his ambitions of playing in the World Cup.
Lewis Holtby joined Hamburg initially on loan from Tottenham in the 2014 mid year transfer window but eventually joined the Bundesliga side on a full term contract in 2015.It is said that the agreement on Holtby staying at Hamburg cost an amount of an estimated 6,5 euros.
Holtby then joined Hamburg at first on credit amid the 2014 mid year exchange window. The move was made lasting in January 2015 after an auto-purchase provision in his agreement was activated. The arrangement was worth around 6,5 million euros.
Hamburg historical background
Hamburger is a German Bundesliga side founded in 1919 and is the only team that has participated in the premier league since 1963 without being relegated to lower decisions. The team has won the German League title 6 times,the DFB-Pokal three times and the Group Measure twice.Their last trophy was in 1986-87 season when they won the DFB-Pokal.
Hamburg has had a long lasting rivalry with the Werder Bremen ,their neighboring Northen Germany side. The club has been participating in European competitions since 1960 ,their first round opponents in the competition were BSC Young Boys who they beat 5-0 away and drew 3-3 at home.They reached the semi finals in 1961 and reached the finals in 1981 and 1983 where they won against Juventus.
HSV is one of only three German sides that have won the European Cup,they have also won the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup and have been runners up in the UEFA Cup.Recently in 2009 they reached semi finals in the UEFA Europa Cup but failed to progress to the finals.Lewis Holtby and Van der Vart are both important key figures in the Hamburg set up,both play makers are influential in the midfield for the team and certainly they will play a big role when the club begins their European campaign.