RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is ruled out of the World Cup with a torn ligament. The 26 year old is expected to be in sidelines for the rest of the year. His injury is a major setback to Germany and their plans for the World Cup.
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Injury during Champions League fixture
Timo Werner started in Leipzig’s final group stage match against Shakhtar Donetsk. Shakhtar’s Stepanenko slid in to win the ball off Werner and he caught the German with the follow-through. Timo first got back on his feet but later went down and received treatment. After treatment he started playing but it lasted just for few minutes. The German striker limped off and requested to be taken off. Emil Frosberg replaced Werner at the 19th minute of the game.
MRI scans were taken to evaluate the extent of injury and reports confirmed it to be ankle ligament tear. The Bundesliga club released an official statement regarding Werner’s injury. For the remainder of the year Leipzig will not have the services of Werner.
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“A very tough one to take for me. I will be out for the next few weeks. I will miss the World Cup and will have to support Leipzig and the German national team from the couch unfortunately,” said Werner on social media.
Hansi Flick’s reaction to Werner injury ruling him out of World Cup
Hansi Flick would have been desperately hoping Timo’s injury was not serious but now it has been officially confirmed Werner is out of World Cup. In Hansi’s attacking group, Werner had a key role. The striker started last 8 matches for the national team and has 9 goals in 15 games for Leipzig in all competitions.
“This (is) very bitter. I feel very sorry for Timo because he misses the World Cup which he really wanted to play. Timo’s injury is a great setback, especially for the team. We all wish him a speedy recovery,” said Flick.
Timo Werner had made a move from Chelsea this summer in an attempt to rediscover his finishing touch and make a strong statement for his selection to the World Cup squad. It is very unfortunate for Timo Werner to be missing out of the World Cup due to an untimely injury.