Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic will be out for the remainder of the season, due to thrombosis in his arm.
The Serbian defender will be unable to perform in any contact sport, but can train alone.
Subotic is pleased with the idea of training alone and is determined to come back stronger.
“Under the circumstances I am doing relatively well,” the centre-back commented on his injury.
“I can stay fit with individual training and when I have recuperated again I will be in better physical condition than ever before.”
Subotic, 27, had lost his starting berth at BVB prior to his injury, making just 11 appearances in all competitions this campaign.
The defender’s absence means Slovenian youngster Jon Stankovic will make the step up from the reserves as a short-term replacement for the rest of the season.
“We will promote Stankovic from our Under-23 squad to take Subotic’s place in the squad following his absence,” stated manager Thomas Tuchel at a news conference.
Dortmund are still challenging for the Bundesliga title – trailing leaders Bayern Munich by five points – as well as the Europa League, with Liverpool awaiting in the quarter-finals, while they will also face Hertha Berlin in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal.