Injury stymies Langerak's Stuttgart start

Mitch Langerak has suffered a setback in his bid to become VfB Stuttgart’s number one goalkeeper after sustaining a thigh injury in pre-season.

The 26-year-old, who switched to Stuttgart from Borussia Dortmund to chase first-team football last week, injured his right thigh in the club’s last scheduled training session during their camp in Zillertal on Sunday morning.

The Australian subsequently missed Stuttgart’s 6-3 friendly win over Viktoria Plzen later that day.

Stuttgart’s physios Gerhard Wörn and Manuel Roth rushed to Langerak during the warm-up at training, with the goalkeeper stretchered off after a brief conversation.

The initial diagnosis is a sprain in the posterior compartment of his right thigh, expected to sideline him for three weeks.

"It's obviously bad news," Stuttgart sport manager Robin Dutt said. "Unfortunately Mitch has been injured on the last day. 

"We must now wait the next few days (for the full diagnosis).”

Polish goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, who has also recently joined from PSV Eindhoven, played 70 minutes in Sunday’s game. Young stopper Odisseas Vlachodimos got 20 minutes off the bench.