Van der Vaart facing 3 to 4 weeks out with injury

Rafael van der Vaart believes a suspected torn muscle in his

right thigh will keep him out of Bundesliga action for at least

three or four weeks.

Van der Vaart suffered the injury in Hamburger SV’s 2-0 defeat

at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Friday, when he went off after 32

minutes.

The Dutch midfielder received a kick to the back of his thigh

during a tussle with Fortuna goalkeeper Fabian Giefer, and pulled

up in apparent pain after another tussle with Adam Bodzek.

Van der Vaart says ”it feels like a torn muscle. It’s not an

injury that you can shake off in a week.”

Hamburg has failed to score in the Bundesliga without the

Dutchman on the pitch this season. He has contributed one goal and

five assists.