Relegation-threatened Aalesund may have top scorer Hólmbert Fridjónsson (27) recovered already against Viking next Sunday.
With 11 goals in 14 games, the Icelander coach Lars Arne Nilsen’s is by far the most important man in the hunt for a renewed elite league contract – but against Sarpsborg 08 it was going terribly wrong.
Fridjónsson was tackled hard in the ankle by Bjørn Inge Utvik and crawled off the field with great pain. The Aalesund camp could not rule out a fracture, but now the injury turns out to be less serious than feared.
– He has been to image examinations that do not show fractures. He is now being treated as if by a ligament injury. He is going for examination and treatment by a physiotherapist in AaFK today. We hope he is ready for the next match, medical officer Terje Vagstad tells VG.
The 27-year-old scored for Iceland against Belgium as late as last Tuesday. It probably only helped to strengthen his interest in him. Several foreign clubs, among them many Italian, are reported to want Fridjónsson, who has a contract with AaFK for the rest of the year.
He is thus free to sign for other teams. For Aalesund’s part, the problem is related to whether they should accept any bids for him already now or say no to the money and hope that the striker shoots them to a new contract in the Elite Series for 2021.
It’s not going to be easy anyway. After a miserable start to the season, Lars Bohinen was fired as coach last month, before the aforementioned Nilsen took over.
Before the sotraværingen got the job, Bohinen led the team in 15 league games in 2020. Of them, 10 ended in defeat, four were drawn and only one resulted in victory. Nilsen’s debut match against Start was lost 1-0. On Sunday, it ended in the same way against Sarpsborg 08.
With 13 games left to play, Aalesund is at the very bottom with only seven points. It separates eight points up to Start in qualifying place.