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Fribourg bolster defences with Zurich keeper

Papp is beginning a month's loan at Fribourg

(Keystone)

Fribourg ice hockey team are hoping to turn around a dismal run of league results by bringing in Zurich Lions replacement goalkeeper Thomas Papp on a month's loan.

The 24-year-old Swiss keeper is set to replace Fribourg's Swedish goalie Thomas Östlund, allowing the club to bring an extra foreign player onto the ice.

Fribourg have gone almost a month without a win. After losing five out of their last six matches, the club's sporting director Roland von Mentlen insisted it was time to make some changes.

"We have lost a number of games by narrow margins with Östlund in goal," von Mentlen pointed out. "Now we want to find out whether we can have more success with three foreign outfield players. We also wanted to have the extra option of a good Swiss goalie."

The temporary move to Fribourg is expected to give Papp some much needed match practice. Since the arrival in Zurich two seasons ago of Finnish national keeper Ari Sulander, Papp has played just three times for the Lions.

The Zurich club have retained the right to recall Papp immediately if Sulander picks up an injury.

swissinfo with agencies


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