Hamburg's Muller suffers torn ACL celebrating winning goal

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The 29-year-old went from triumph to disaster in a matter of moments on Saturday, when a goal celebration led to a serious knee injury

Hamburg have confirmed Nicolai Muller suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament celebrating his goal against Augsburg in the first round of the Bundesliga season on Saturday.

Muller netted what proved to be the only goal of a 1-0 win in the eighth minute of the game at Volksparkstadion but had to be substituted after falling awkwardly while celebrating his strike.

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The 29-year-old underwent scans on Sunday to determine the full extent of the injury, which is likely to leave him out of action for seven months.

"The diagnosis comes as a huge shock to us, it's a big blow at the start of the season and obviously is really tough on Nicolai," Hamburg's sporting director Jens Todt was quoted as saying by the Bundesliga website. 

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"We wish him all the best for his recovery and, of course, will support him as best we can."

Hamburg's head coach Markus Gisdol said: "It's bad news. I've never seen anything like it."

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