Cologne stopper Geromel sidelined

BERLIN - Cologne's Brazilian central defender Pedro Geromel has pulled a muscle in training and will be out for at least two weeks, missing their first Bundesliga match of the season on August 8, the club said on Wednesday. "Pedro tore muscle fibre. We expect him to be out for two to three weeks," team doctor Peter Schaefferhoff told the club website on Wednesday. Cologne start their season at Borussia Dortmund.