Ya Konan hit with hamstring injury
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UEFA Europa League side Hanover 96 will be without Côte d'Ivoire striker Didier Ya Konan for their pre-season training camp after the African star tore a hamstring, his club reported Friday.

Hanover are holding a nine-day camp in the Austrian town of Bad Radkersburg, but the striker will remain behind to receive treatment and begin rehab work. "For us and the player, this diagnosis is of course a huge disappointment," said Hanover coach Mirko Slomka. "But we know Didier is in good hands and can start his intensive rehabilitation care."

Ya Konan was Hanover's top-scorer last season, netting 14 goals in 28 German league games as his side finished fourth in the table to qualify for the Europa League. Hanover begin their Bundesliga campaign for the new season when they host Hoffenheim on 6 August.