Safety of a completely different kind has since Philipp Ziereis. The defender, who had torn in the winter training camp against the anterior cruciate ligament and the inner meniscus in the right knee in the test match and will be at least until summer, signed a new three-year contract. «It was clear to us that we would not drop Philipp after his serious knee injury. We are convinced that Philip will regain his strength. That’s why we extended it with him by three years, «said sports chief Uwe Stöver.



Before his serious injury, there was much to suggest that the center-back, who has been playing in 100 competitive matches for St. Pauli since 2013, is looking for a new sporting challenge.

Inquiries from abroad

Several top division clubs from home and abroad, including even Liverpool FC, are said to have watched the 25-year-old. As perverted as it sounds: The cruciate ligament tear should have played the FC St. Pauli in the extension in the cards

Ziereis makes no secret of how difficult it would have become to find a new club with such a heavy knee exhaustion. Therefore, he is all the more pleased with the confidence that the Zweitligaclub brings him. «I am glad that it has been clarified now and that I can concentrate fully on the rehab. Already on the day of the injury, the sports director and the coach told me that it will continue for me here if I want to, «Ziereis said.

Good healing process

In the healing process, the service provider is everything going according to plan. On January 21, Ziereis was operated on in Regensburg by specialist Josef Harrer on the knee. Since then, the defender is working on his comeback. In two weeks, Ziereis will move his rehab to Regensburg for four weeks. «After that, I hope to be able to take the next step. Then the injury was three months ago and if the knee reacts well, I may be able to walk again, «said the St. Pauli professional. If everything goes smoothly, the leader could complete parts of the summer preparation. «Philipp was a high achiever before his injury, has great potential and we will do everything we can to get him back to the team as soon as possible,» said coach Kauczinski.