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Americans Abroad

Sanneh to undergo procedure for ailing back; Gibbs breaks ribs.

Cory Gibbs
Cory Gibbs' strong performance for St. Pauli came to an end when he suffered broken ribs while going for a header
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By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)

(Monday, February 10, 2003) -- United States defender Tony Sanneh will undergo minor surgery in Germany, trying to relieve the pain his back.

While Sanneh is expected to be out about two weeks, another American defender, Cory Gibbs could be sidelined up to six weeks after breaking ribs yesterday in St. Pauli's 2-0 victory over VfB Lübeck.

FC Nürnberg team physician Bernhard Drummer will perform a procedure on Sanneh to relieve a disk problem. A deep cortisone injection will be made into the iliosacral joint in an effort to lessen the pressure on a degenerating disk near the base of Minnesota native's spine. It is hoped the procedure could provide Sanneh relief for some time. Otherwise, more invasive surgery might be necessary.

Since Sanneh went out, Nürnberg is 1-3-1, including a 4-2 setback Saturday to Hannover 96 which led 3-0 after 24 minutes on a hat trick Mohammadou Idrissou before holding off a Nürnberg rally.

Nürnberg stands 14th in the 18-team German Bundesliga at 6-11-3 with 21 points, but only four points above the relegation zone. Sanneh started the first 15 matches, scoring two goals.

Gibbs had a strong performance come to a painful end, injured in a collision with St. Pauli goalkeeper Heinz Muller as he went up for a header in the 82nd minute of the victory over VfB Lübeck. St. Pauli (3-13-4, 13), which snapped a 12-match league winless streak, is in the relegation zone, 17th among 18 clubs in the 2 Bundesliga.

Gibbs was named to Kicker magazine's 2 Bundesliga "Team of the Week."

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent and can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com.

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