Berlin- Up until his injury-forced substitution, Grujic had been a vital part of the sparkling Hertha midfielder alongside Arne Maier and Ondrej Duda, completing 84% of his passes and winning 69% of his tackles. His game was ended by a heavy tackle from Gladbach’s Patrick Herrmann in the 68th minute. A medical examination after the game showed that he had suffered an ankle ligament rupture and will be out until further notice. “This is the second long-term injury that we have had this week after Jordan was injured. It’s such a shame and is very difficult for us to take. Marko has fitted in here brilliantly and has put some great performances in. Although we will miss him, we know that we have a well-balanced squad. All the lads are able to be called upon at any moment,” said Pal Dardai.
Michael Preetz had the following to say on Grujic’s injury: “In a very short space of time Marko has been able to put his own stamp on our game and really improve us a team. Therefore his injury is very disappointing for both us and him. Just like with Jordan we will make sure we give him the necessary support, so that he can get back to full fitness as quick as possible.” Marko Grujic will have to rest his right foot before he will be able to fully begin the healing process ahead of returning to training.