The World Championship in Qatar is going on without Timo Werner. The forward will miss the tournament due to an injury to his left ankle.
Shock diagnosis for Timo Werner. A day after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League, the RB Leipzig striker’s World Cup dreams have been dashed.
The national international has been ruled out of the tournament, which starts in Qatar in three weeks, with a torn syndesmosis ligament in his left ankle. As his club announced, Werner will not be able to play until the end of the year due to an injury. The method of treatment will be decided in the next few days.
“It’s hard for me to accept,” 26-year-old Werner wrote on Twitter. “I will be out for the next few weeks, will miss the World Cup and unfortunately have to support @RBLeipzig and @. DFB_Team from the couch.” In addition, the Stuttgart native thanked for the many well-wishes he quickly received.
National coach Hansi Flick also immediately expressed his regret for the failure. “This news is very bitter. I am very sorry for Timo personally because he missed the World Cup where he really wanted to play,” Flick said in a statement released by the German Football Association. “Timo’s failure is also a bitter loss for the team,” emphasized Flick, “we all want him to train quickly.”
Taras Stepanenko fouled Werner in the 14th minute of Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw and had to be substituted minutes later. The club initially said the injury may not be serious. In Leipzig, Werner underwent another examination, which revealed the seriousness of the injury.
Werner is the latest in strong form
The news is a heavy blow for the 26-year-old. After two rather disappointing years at Chelsea, Werner returned to Leipzig in the summer. In familiar surroundings, the striker played for the Saxons between 2016 and 2020, Werner was keen to gain game practice and confidence for the World Cup. National coach Flick also welcomed the transfer and described Werner as an asset to the Bundesliga.
Most recently, he defended the attacker from criticism. “Timo Werner is always treated very critically. He scored the most goals in the last few games. If Miro Klose had done it earlier, everyone would have been excited,” the national coach said on the MagentaTV webcast.
The Swabian has really found his form again in the past few weeks. Three goals in the last three league games and in the Champions League against Glasgow Celtic and Real Madrid have not only delighted the player but also Flick, who has not been blessed with many strikers.
The chances of filling the World Cup pitcher may increase
With Werner’s departure, Bremen’s Niklas Fulkrug’s chances of taking part in Qatar could increase. The 29-year-old footballer is the Bundesliga’s top scorer with nine goals.
Flick has represented his team in the World Cup finals in the Gulf Emirates and the final international match before the tournament kicks off in Muscat on November 16 against Oman next Thursday in Frankfurt am Main. The tournament for the German national team starts on November 23 with the opening game against Japan. Group E will also face Spain and Costa Rica for a place in the knockout stages.
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