Wolfsburg have confirmed the departure of their star striker, Van Etten, and their captain, Wolfgang van Halen, for a period of three weeks.
The news was confirmed by the club’s chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who made the announcement in a video statement on Tuesday afternoon.
“I can confirm that Wolfsburg will not be able to continue to play this season due to the severe injury to Wolfsburg captain Wolfgang Van Halen,” the statement read.
“We have a very strong team in this team, the players are in good shape, and we will be back at the highest level soon.
Van Etten’s injury means that Wolfs boss Christian Horner will be without the pair for at least three weeks and has been in a state of shock since his side’s 2-0 defeat by Schalke on Tuesday.””
I will have more information soon, but the team will not play until at least next week.”
Van Etten’s injury means that Wolfs boss Christian Horner will be without the pair for at least three weeks and has been in a state of shock since his side’s 2-0 defeat by Schalke on Tuesday.
“It’s a very big shock,” Horner told Sky Sports.
“It’s something we’ve never seen before in my time here.
It’s the worst thing for me.
I am not surprised because it’s something I’ve never experienced before.””
It hurts because I know he’s a big player for us and we’re a very good team.
But it’s a huge loss for the team.”
The former Arsenal player is out of contract at the end of the season and the club have been in talks with other clubs to keep him, although he has indicated he will not sign for another club.
With Van Enten and Van Halene unavailable, the only other striker they have is the veteran winger Jens Keller, who has been on the sidelines with a groin injury.
Keller, who had a good run with the Bundesliga side this season, has been linked with a move to Premier League side Leicester City.
Wolfsburg have been linked this week with a £20million move for Ajax star Jan Vertonghen, who they could potentially sell in the summer.
However, the player’s agent has denied that the move has anything to do with a possible move to a Premier League club.
“The idea of selling Vertonghe is not the case,” he told Die Welt.
“The deal is still on the table.”