CHICAGO (April 9, 2003) - U.S. international defender Tony Sanneh will sit out the remainder of the Bundesliga season as he continues to rehabilitate an injury to an SI joint in his lower back. Sanneh, 31, has been a plagued with the injury since the fall and has not played for FC Nurnberg since December 9, 2002.
After numerous efforts to return to the field, doctors have told Sanneh to rest for the duration of the campaign. FC Nurnberg are in the midst of a relegation battle, currently sitting in 17th place with seven games remaining to play.
"It is disappointing to me because I've been working so hard to get back on the field," said Sanneh. "We are in a relegation battle and I really wanted to be able to help my teammates across the final two months of the season. Unfortunately, all I can do now is rest and look forward to the 2003-04 season."
Sanneh starred for the U.S. at the 2002 World Cup, where his defensive play was hailed as one of the team's strengths in their run to the tournament quarterfinals and a narrow 1-0 defeat to Germany.