This season, Lars Bender had a bit more luck with injuries than his twin brother, Sven. In five additional fixtures, Lars was able to appear while his close kin struggled with more endemic knee issues. Before both 31-year-olds retire at the end of the season, doubt has now been cast about whether the two German national team vets will play together at all again.
One final major injury must obviously be coped with by Lars before he hangs up his cleats. For a talented player who’s career has unfortunately been defined by many major injuries, it is surely a bitter pill to swallow. Since round 18, the scorer of one of the most memorable Euro 2012 goals has not appeared for Die Werkself. The club today announced that during his efforts to come back, a contusion had turned into a tear and that surgery had taken place on Friday.