By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Darmstadt confirm Hornby's loss for the year, Lieberknecht speaks on Justvan rumors

The injury issues in the attacking corps of last-placed Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt 98 continue to worsen.

Following news that Fraser Hornby is done for the season and that Bryadon Manu may also have to go under the knife, SV98 trainer Torsten Lieberknecht confirmed at his Friday presser that the club is looking at acquiring Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Julian Justvan.
SV Darmstadt 98 - already beset by injuries in their striking corps - have also confirmed that Scottish striker Fraser Hornby will be unavailable for the duration of the season afteruneergoing ankle surgery. The summer signing made only seven appearances for the last-placed Lillies this season, The 24-year-old proved unable to get his name on a Bundesliga scoresheet in one start ands relief appearances.

SV trainer Torstern Lieberknecht confirmed that ankle surgery will sideline the Scotsman for the year whilst speaking at his Friday presser. Lieberknecht also spoke on the matter of attacking midfield Braydon Manu at the Friday media round. Ankle problems have limited the German-Ghanian to just two appearances this year. Lieberknecht noted that Manu's return was not in sight. He too, might need to undergo ankle surgery.

Darmstadt obviously entered the current transfer window in desperate need of some additional attacking assistance, but remain severely limited in what they can hope to swing financially. It has been rumored by numerous German footballing media sources that TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - seeking a place to park German youth international Julian Justvan - may be willing to send the attacking prospect to Hessen.

Lieberknecht spoke on said rumors on Friday, noting that he felt Justvan to be "a good player" whom he had kept close tabs on during his three seasons spent playing for SC Paderborn 07 in the 2. Bundesliga. Justvan signed for Hoffenheim early this offseason, yet has made just five relief appearances under TSG trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo this year. Justvan registered an assist in Hoffenheim's opening round Pokal victory over Lübeck.

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