RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban out until 2020 after undergoing surgery

RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban out until 2020 after undergoing surgery

RB Leipzig will finish the first half of the Bundesliga season without Willi Orban.

Their captain has undergone knee surgery.

RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban has been ruled out until 2020 due to a knee injury, the Bundesliga club have confirmed. The 27-year-old has undergone an arthroscopy to correct a problem and will be sidelined until after the mid-season break.

Orban is set to miss the league matches with Cologne, Paderborn, Hoffenheim, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg. He will also be unavailable for the Champions League games against Benfica and Lyon, with Leipzig top of Group G on nine points from four matches.

The Hungary defender has made 14 appearances in all competitions for Julian Nagelsmann’s side this season, scoring once. Leipzig, who are four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach in the table, begin the second half of the Bundesliga campaign at home to Union Berlin on January 18.

The 27-year-old has made 14 appearances for Die Roten Bullen this season with one goal and one assist to his name.

Before his operation, the Hungarian had already missed two Bundesliga games and last week’s Champions League win over Zenit St. Petersburg. That adds to problems in defence for Leipzig, with Marcel Halstenberg, Tyler Adams, Nordi Mukiele and Ibrahima Conate all recovering from various injuries.


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