If Hannover 96 are to win their first game of 2013 when the Bundesliga returns from its winter break this weekend, they will have to do so without Steve Cherundolo.
The Hannover captain and U.S. Men’s National Team defender will not be available for the club’s road game against Schalke 04 on Friday, as he is dealing with knee pains. Cherundolo did not train with Hannover on Wednesday, but the knock is reportedly not too serious.
The 33-year-old Cherundolo has started 15 of Hannover’s 17 Bundesliga games this season, his 14th with the club. Hannover currently sit in 11th place in the Bundesliga standings.
If healthy, Cherundolo is expected to partake in the United States’ first World Cup qualifier of the final round of CONCACAF qualifying against Honduras on Feb. 6.
How do see you Hannover faring without Cherundolo this weekend? Still amazed by how long he’s been at Hannover? Worried by the knee pains, especially with the Honduras qualifier around the corner?
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