DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Ricardo Clark will be forced to sit out Frankfurt's upcoming game with a calf injury suffered over the weekend.
The American international was pulled from Frankfurt's 3-0 loss at Mainz on Saturday within the first half-hour when he painfully went down with a non-contact injury. While the injury is not serious, it will keep him out of action for at least one game.
"He has a pulled muscle in his left calf," Frankfurt press chief Carsten Knoop told YA.
"He will definitely be out for our next game on Saturday against Cologne, but we hope that he will be able to play in our last game against Borussia Dortmund."
Frankfurt are nearing a point of desperation; with just two games left on the schedule they are occupying the Bundesliga's relegation playoff spot, one point behind 15th-place Wolfsburg and a sure place in Germany's top flight next season.
Saturday's home game against Cologne is an important six-pointer for the team, as the Billy Goats are just four points and two places ahead in the standings, and a win would leave Eintracht, at worst, one point from security.
With their final game to take place in front of a long-since sold-out crowd at the stadium of newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, the team will be under further pressure to take whatever points they can on Saturday.