Hertha Berlin won against Hoffenheim on Saturday to avoid relegation, but they have lost Pierre-Michel Lasogga for the relegation playoff against the third place 2.Bundesliga side. Lasogga, 20, tore the ACL in his right knee after an aerial challenge with Hoffenheim's Marvin Compper.
Lasogga managed 13 goals last season in the 2.Bundesliga and helped Hertha BSC win promotion in first place. The German U-21 international is the leading goalscorer for Hertha this season with 8 goals, and his absence will definitely be felt in the playoff. They'll face either Fortuna Düsseldorf, Paderborn, or St. Pauli in the promotion/relegation playoff on May 10th and 15th. The first leg will be in Berlin's Olympiastadion.
Hertha BSC has only managed to score 38 goals this season and will have to find goals elsewhere. Raffael will likely need to be in good form over the two leg tie for Hertha to ensure they survive to play in the Bundesliga for another season.