Eintracht Frankfurt confirm major injury blow for Europa League final v Rangers
Key Eintracht Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger is out of the Europa League final against Rangers and will miss the rest of the season.
The Austrian was withdrawn from the semi-final second leg against West Ham on Thursday (5 May) after suffering an early thigh injury in a chase with Hammers forward Michail Antonio.
The 29-year-old centre-back is an important part of the German side’s line up and has only missed eight games in all competitions all season, but will not feature again after the eighth-minute substitution.
Sky Sports News journalist David Garrido relayed the news in a clip shared by Football Daily on Twitter, saying: “A significant bit of breaking news, particularly if you happen to support Rangers Football Club.
“Eintracht Frankfurt will be without their key defender Martin Hinteregger for the Europa League final against Rangers in Seville.
“He won’t play again this season… He’s been a regular at the heart of their defence this season.”
For once this season a key bit of injury news is relating to the opposition and not Gers, considering the absences they’ve had to deal with of late.
Although Frankfurt were able to manage without him against West Ham, they were aided significantly in that task by the early red card for Hammers full-back Aaron Cresswell.
The form that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have shown in the competition suggests the final opponents will need everything they have to keep his men out.
Missing talismanic striker Alfredo Morelos, and in-form deputy Kemar Roofe, for the return leg at Ibrox the Light Blues still scored three times against RB Leipzig to overturn the first-leg deficit and reach the final.
They will have to defeat Bundesliga opposition twice in succession to lift the trophy and qualify for the Champions League, but for all their faults this year, an ability to upset the odds and triumph in Europe has not been lacking.
News already that their opponents have been weakened will only increase hopes that they can finish the job.
In other Rangers news, the club are set to offer a new “bumper” contract to one player to keep him in Glasgow.