Young Wolves defender Kristian Kostrna is to undergo surgery after breaking his leg whilst on international duty with Slovakia Under-21s.
The 19-year old full back sustained the injury in an away fixture in Portugal, a double fracture which is similar to that suffered by George Elokobi on the first game of his loan spell with Bristol City back in September.
Now back in Wolverhampton, Kostrna has undergone a Computerised Tomography scan which has revealed the need for an operation ahead of an estimated eight months on the sidelines.
“From the video footage of the game we can see Kristian sliding across to intercept a cross, and his studs seem to have got stuck in the grass whilst he went over on it,” says Head EDS Physiotherapist Jazz Sodhi.
“It’s one of those that seems quite innocuous at the time but turned out to be very serious - a broken distal tibia and fibula, the two bones in the shin.
“It is a similar type of injury to George, in the lower part by the ankle, although one of the fractures is more extensive.
“He was seen in Portugal and a decision was made by Wolves medical staff with the approval of the Slovakian medics that we would fly him to back to the UK and get him seen by the ankle specialist who operated on George.
“We’ve been to see James Calder in London who has looked at the scans and we are now waiting for the joint swelling to settle and a further scan before he has surgery next Tuesday.
“Kristian is at present recuperating in digs and is comfortable.
“It is never easy to predict recovery times, especially prior to surgery, but it is the sort of injury where you are probably looking at an initial expectation of eight months out.”
Kostrna, who has also played on the right of midfield, is a regular in the Wolves Under-21 side as well as at international level, and has also featured in several friendlies for the first team.
Sodhi has revealed he is already taking a positive attitude towards the long road to rehabilitation.
“At the moment he seems quite positive,” says Sodhi.
“He knows he has seen the best consultant we could find and is happy with the medical side of things and is feeling optimistic about his recovery.
“He’s already talking about getting back stronger and fitter than he ever was before.
“We have discussed that there will be ups and downs but we have things in place - he will be able to speak to our sports psychologist and not to forget big George will be at hand to show him the road to recovery.
“Once he has had his operation he will be resting for a period of time and will also be given the opportunity to go home and spend some time with his family in Slovakia.”