- The Guardian
Soccer players are known for their emphatic celebrations. Goals can be hard to come by, and when you find the back of the net you want to rush to your supporters, jump in the air, and take the moment in.
Unfortunately for Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller, sometimes these celebrations can go horribly wrong. It took Muller just 8 minutes to score Hamburg’s first goal of the Bundesliga season on Saturday while playing Augsburg in the opening game of the teams’ 2017 campaign.
After the goal, Muller went through a routine of jumps and spins before landing awkwardly and going down in a heap. As his teammates piled on to join the celebration, Muller grabbed his knee in need of attention before anyone realized the calamity that had just taken place.
Muller was substituted off the field just five minutes after sustaining his injury, which later tests would diagnose as a torn anterior ligament and close to a seven-month stint away from the sport. Muller and the team were obviously devastated.
“The diagnosis is a huge shock for us,” said Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt, “A big blow for the start of the season and of course extremely bitter for Nicolai. We wish him a good recovery and will help him with that as well as we can.”
Hamburg finished 14th in Bundesliga last year and will look to refind their footing after the loss of Muller.