Anderlecht full back Marcin Wasilewski, who suffered a badly broken leg as a result of a tackle by Standard Liege’s Axel Witsel, is to sue the midfielder for compensation.
Witsel committed the challenge on the Polish international during the Jupiler League encounter on August 30 and broke Wasilewski’s leg in two places with the tackle.
A statement on Anderlecht’s website said: “Marcin Wasilewski is seeking compensation for damages suffered during the Anderlecht-Standard match on Sunday 30th August 2009.
“His Polish solicitor, Madame Agatha Wantuch met today with Belgian lawyers Daniel Spreutels and Luc Deleu and the Board of RSC Anderlecht to evaluate and determine the possibilities of obtaining fair compensation. The meeting took place at the club.”
Wasilewski has undergone three operations in the fortnight following the match and is expected to be out for at least a year.
On Tuesday 22nd September he visited teammates at the training ground in his first public appearance since sustaining the injury.
“I am very happy to have met up with everyone,” he said. “This is one of the first pieces of positive news in recent weeks. We had a laugh and a chat.
“I am sometimes still in severe pain but I try to suppress it as much as possible. I am burning with impatience to return, but I realise, however, that the road [to recovery] is very long.
“This group is fantastic, the coaches and other members of staff have all provided great support. I have urged them to win as much as possible; I hope to be there if we become champions.”
Witsel was given an eight-match ban and fined €250 by the Belgian Football Association for the tackle.