Werner blow for Leipzig

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BERLIN: RB Leipzig’s head coach cursed “a catas­tro­phe” af­ter star striker Timo Werner was ruled out for at least two weeks with an in­jury he suf­fered on his de­but for Ger­many.

The 21-year-old tore a thigh mus­cle in the 1-0 friendly win over Eng­land in Dort­mund on Wed­nes­day and is just the lat­est player ruled of Ger­many’s World Cup qual­i­fier away to Azer­bai­jan to­mor­row.

Werner, re­garded in Ger­many as the coun­try’s next great for­ward, will re­turn to his club for treat­ment.

“To lose a striker in this phase of the sea­son is a catas­tro­phe,” Ralph Hasen­huettl, whose stut­ter­ing Leipzig side are hang­ing on to sec­ond place be­hind Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Bun­desliga, told Bild.

“We have a lot of fixtures com­ing up and he is out for the games against Darm­stadt, Mainz and Lev­erkusen.

“It will be tight for us up front.” Werner played 77 min­utes against Eng­land on his de­but but had few chances to im­press.

“It was a great first game and was loads of fun to play in,” said Werner.

Lukas Podol­ski’s su­perb sec­ond-half goal set­tled the glam­our friendly for Ger­many, but coach Joachim Loew has a lengthy in­jury list ahead of the week­end qual­i­fier.

Goal­keeper and cap­tain Manuel Neuer, Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira, Ju­lian Draxler and Me­sut Ozil all pulled out of the Eng­land friendly with mi­nor knocks and in­juries.

Ger­many are five points clear in their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group. AFP

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