Official verification from the club is still lacking, but Germany's Sport1 reports that FSV Mainz defender Jeremiah St. Juste is indeed due for major shoulder surgery.
The German broadcaster estimates that the Dutch center halve will be out for up to six weeks.
|Jeremiah St. Juste.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Mainz trainer Bo Svensson appears headed for more problems staffing his defensive ranks as one of the starters in his back-three looks to be out for the remainder of 2021. Sport1 reports that the center halve Jerry St. Juste's latest shoulder injury will require surgery.
St. Juste had to be subbed off in the 20th minute of the team's 1-2 loss to FC Union Berlin over the weekend. Already without Moussa Niakhaté (thigh injury) and Alexander Hack (COVID), 20-year-old David Nemeth was forced onto the pitch to serve alongside Silvan Widmer and Stefan Bell.
Nemeth actually performed well and Niakhaté did come on to log some minutes later on. Assuming there are no complications stemming from his COVID bout, Hack should be once again be available when Mainz face Dortmund next weekend.
"We're down to the bare bones," Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel nevertheless remarked in a post match interview after the latest loss, "We were lucky during the second half of last season that we didn't have many injuries. Now we're saddled with them."