AMSTERDAM – Wiener Neustadt midfield ace Conor O'Brien is set for a few weeks on the shelf after suffering a broken rib during Saturday's 0-0 draw with derby visitors Admira Wacker Mödling in the Austrian Bundesliga.
The 26-year-old was injured in a corner-kick collision with Südstädters netminder Manuel Kuttin six minutes after intermission but soldiered on until being removed in the 72nd minute.
"He has a broken rib," SCWN team manger Thomas Raser told MLSsoccer.com on Monday. "We hope he is able to play again in three weeks."
O'Brien, who arrived at Wiener Neustadt from Danish side Odense last summer, currently stands one back of the team scoring lead with four goals in 19 appearances. The central midfielder leads the squad with 57 pass interceptions and ranks third with 33 tackles, while also easily leading the team in completed passes (621).
Having recently climbed out of the Austrian Bundesliga basement, Wiener Neustadt sit two points above the relegation zone heading into Saturday's visit to slumping RZ Pellets WAC.
Greg Seltzer covers Americans based in Europe for MLSsoccer.com.