SC Freiburg confirmed news that will have come to a shock to most supporters, as they announced that Vincenzo Grifo will miss the next six weeks of the season with a knee injury.
Grifo's injury woes
He had to be substituted in the club's friendly match against Swiss side FC St. Gallen. The club's Facebook page confirmed earlier today that he has injured the inside part of his knee and will be absent from the action for a period of time.
They said: "..because everybody had hoped that Vincenzo Grifo is not too badly hurt." They then broke the bad news, "He has an injury to the front part of the cruciate ligament and will be absent for few weeks. All the best, Vince!".
Grifo, himself, took to social media and posted the following caption, along with a photo on Instagram. He added, "Thanks for the many well wishes! I must protect my knee for the next few weeks." The Italian ended on a positive note, however: "I'm looking forward to when I should be back on the pitch and can help my team again."
Grifo has made a very promising start to life at Freiburg since arriving from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the summer, notching up three goals in five appearances, two of which came in last Friday's home win against SV Sandhausen.
He has also won a number of penalties for Freiburg this season, and has been influential in their good start to the season. His creativity, speed and incisive passing and finishing is a big reason as to why Freiburg have scored 14 league goals in just five matches.
The 22-year-old's will miss key games against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, RB Leipzig, Karlsruher SC and the meeting against his former club FSV Frankfurt, as well as games against DSC Arminia Bielefeld and SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Freiburg will be keen to have their exciting winger back quickly, but manager Christian Streich certainly won't rush things at the risk of the injury worsening or recurring.