Qatar 2022: Germany forward Werner ruled out of World Cup with ankle ligament injury


Timo Werner will not be in Germany’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar after he was ruled out for the rest of this year.

Germany forward Timo Werner is out of the World Cup after suffering an ankle ligament tear while playing for RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Werner was injured in the first half following a challenge from Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taras Stepanenko and was substituted after trying to continue.

The 26-year-old was replaced by Emil Forsberg in the 19th minute as Leipzig won the match 4-0 to book their place in the round of 16.

Leipzig announced on Thursday that Werner would not play this year, tweeting: “Timo Werner suffered an ankle injury last night in the win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

“Scans today in Leipzig have shown that he has unfortunately torn the syndesmosis ligament in his left ankle and will therefore be out for the rest of 2022.”

Since making his debut in 2017, Werner has scored 24 goals in 55 appearances for his country.

He returned to Leipzig in August after two seasons at Chelsea and scored nine goals in 16 games for the Bundesliga club, but will not board the plane to Qatar.

The news comes as a blow to Germany head coach Hansi Flick as he prepares for his first major tournament in charge since replacing Joachim Low in their opener against Japan on November 23.

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