Antalyaspor striker Haji Wright will miss at least three weeks for his team, after suffering a back injury just seconds into his last appearance on Monday evening.

The former Schalke striker entered Monday’s eventual 2-1 victory at Giresunspor as a halftime substitute, but was almost immediately replaced after going down onto the turf and showing considerable pain before walking off under his own power.

After undergoing evaluations during the week, it was confirmed in the Turkish media on Friday afternoon that a MRI showed that two tears were found in his back muscles, which are estimated to require a minimum of three weeks to heal.

In addition to keeping him from suiting up for Saturday’s home match against ninth-place Altay, his recovery is expected to force the Los Angeles-born forward to miss their first two games following the upcoming international break, a tough visit to second-place Hatayspor followed by a home matchup against current-third Alanya.

Wright had stormed onto the scene for Antalyaspor early this season, already scoring a hat-trick in his third outing. However he has settled into a substitute role in the last few games, with a total of four goals in 11 games for the 14th-place team.

By David Smith

I'm YA's resident doctor, but not the kind of doctor you would want giving you an examination anywhere outside of a lecture hall. I've been YA's feet-on-the-ground in Germany since 2008, have an affinity for overly verbose descriptions of irrelevant minutiae, keep an eye on YAs in most of the destinations on mainland Europe, and watch a whole lot of Serie A.

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