Mertesacker to miss UEFA Cup final

BERLIN - Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker pulled a ligament in his right leg during Thursday's UEFA Cup semi-final win over Hamburg SV and will miss the final against Shakhtar Donetsk on May 20, the club said on Friday.

Mertesacker, out for an estimated three weeks, could also miss the German Cup final on May 30. Bremen are already without suspended midfielder Diego and striker Hugo Almeida for the UEFA Cup final.

"We have to wait and see if Per can play again during this season," Werder coach Thomas Schaaf said. "I hope he can."

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