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Hannover's new star out of Pat's ties

HANNOVER 96 will have to do without new signing Felipe Trevizan Martins for their Europa League qualifying matches with St Patrick's Athletic after he picked up a thigh strain in training, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The Brazilian defender, who arrived this summer from Standard Liege, has been ruled out for at least a fortnight after tearing muscle fibres in a friendly match against Wisla Krakow on Saturday.

Hannover travel to Dublin for the first leg of the third qualifying round tie on Thursday at Tallaght Stadium before hosting Pat's at the AWD Arena a week later.

Mirko Slomka's side finished seventh in the Bundesliga last season and, in addition to Martins, they have strengthened their squad this summer with Hiroki Sakai and Szabolcs Huszti.