SV Ried coach Gerald Baumgartner is mauling over the club’s failure to replace injured Ghanaian defender Kennedy Boateng during the transfer market.
Boateng impressed for the Green and Blacks in the second-tier and was key in the team’s promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga.
However, the youngster has been sidelined for the past months after sustaining a muscle injury during the side’s pre-season.
The center-back picked up the injury during a pre-season encounter against Wacker Burghausen, and tests revealed that there is no immediate return date for the defender.
Ried coach Baumgartner requested for reinforcement in the defensive department before the window was shut on October 5.
“That is not in my hands, but in that of the board. I can only say that we need the long-term injured Kennedy Boateng very, very urgently. Constantin Reiner also recently had problems with the Achilles tendon and had to take a break. My wish for another central defender is known. But I’m concentrating on the players who are available to us and I hope that we will stay injury-free, especially in central defense, otherwise the defensive staff could be very thin.”