Former Tottenham ace Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out for 'three weeks' after tearing a muscle while playing in the Bundesliga at the weekend.
The Dutchman injured his right leg playing for Hamburg against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.
A club statement said: "Tests on Sunday morning showed that it was indeed a muscle tear. He is expected to be out for three weeks."
Van der Vaart returned to Hamburg this summer after a four-year gap, having spent the previous two seasons in north London.
Van der Vaart knew he had done some damage saying after the match: "It feels like a tear.
"It's not an injury with which you can play again after a few weeks. It will be difficult to play again this year."