After Knezevic's cruciate ligament rupture: Is FCL active?


FCL central defender Stefan Knezevic is out of action after an unnecessary foul on Basel's Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Now FC Lucerne is probably active in the transfer market.

Raphael Gutzwiller

Shortly before the decisive clash with Basel Ricky van Wolfswinkel: FCL player Stefan Knezevic (blue dress) against FCB striker Albian Ajeti. (Image: Martin Meienberger / Freshfocus (Lucerne, November 25, 2018))

Shortly before the important confrontation with Basel Ricky van Wolfswinkel:
FCL player Stefan Knezevic (blue dress) against FCB striker Albian Ajeti.
(Image: Martin Meienberger / Freshfocus (Lucerne, November 25, 2018))

It's a scene that Stefan Knezevic will remember forever. He wants to wipe a high volleyball, but he does not hit it correctly, he goes in the direction of the corner flag. Knezevic runs behind the ball, but it leaves the field. Needless to say that Ricky van Wolfswinkel is still cheating him. Basler rams Knezevic, unfortunate cheering left knee.

While Stefan Knezevic rolls with pain on the ground, one arrives at the unfair action of van Wolfswinkels in tumultuous scenes between the players of Lucerne and Basel. The game finished 1 – 1 with Knezevic, who finished the game for 27 minutes. He bows to the audience with encouraging applause and loud shouts of his name.

Will Remo Arnold be brought back from Winterthur?

On Tuesday, the devastating diagnosis for the 22-year-old Seetaler followed. He suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament. This leaves the Swiss with Serbian roots for at least six months. It will be operated in the next few days. "I'm sorry for Stefan," says FCL director of sports, Remo Meyer. Knezevic himself does not want to comment on that at the moment.

What is certain is that the diagnosis is a bitter setback for it. Cruciate ligament rupture is his worst injury in his young career. But already in the summer of the Hitzkircher had to fight with a laborious injury. Water accumulated in the femur above the left knee, and a bone marrow edema syndrome was diagnosed. After Knezevic finally got in shape again, he played eight league games and one cup, scoring two goals. In these games, he took over as the head of defense responsibility in FCL defense. Many see Stefan Knezevic as the head of defense for several years, some even want the Seetaler soon become captain of Central Switzerland.

But now it's different. The position of the problem last season is again a problem case. Already in the spring, several central defenders were injured. After the breakup of Knezevic moves alongside the convincing this season convince Lucas Alves of Lazar Cirkovic Serbian in the starting eleven. Since Marvin Schulz convinces in midfield, with Yannick Schmid just one more defender is ready. Schmid is out of position and scheduled with coach René Weiler. For the last time, he came on August 26 to wear, in the last nine games he did not even tell the squad.

Therefore, it is quite possible that Weiler reinforcement piece in the winter break to the central position. Financially, the hands of sports chief Remo Meyer are tied, a suitable substitute for Knezevic is hard to come by. The loan to Winterthur Remo Arnold could probably be brought back early. In the fourth of the second highest league, the 21-year-old is an undisputed regular but runs each in the defensive midfield. But if Arnold can meet the high demands that Weiler puts on his players, one might doubt. Stefan Knezevic should be painfully absent with his combative style and at the same time calm at FC Luzern in the coming months.


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