Timo Werner will not be able to play in the World Cup due to ankle injury

Due to an ankle injury, Timo Werner will not be able to participate in the World Cup or any other games this year.

There was never any doubt that the German international would be included in Hansi Flick’s final squad for the tournament after his impressive play since his return to RB Leipzig from Chelsea (nine goals, four assists in 16 games).

Werner was forced off with an ankle injury 19 minutes into Leipzig’s win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, and the forward has confirmed that the injury will keep him out for the rest of the season.

He tweeted, “A very tough one to take for me!” Sadly, I will be sidelined for the next few weeks, so I will have to watch the World Cup on TV while rooting for RB Leipzig and Germany.

As stated in an official statement from Leipzig: “This is terrible news for Timo Werner and RB Leipzig! The striker was taken off in the 19th minute due to a left ankle injury sustained during the victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

“Unfortunately, scans done today in Leipzig revealed that he had torn the syndesmosis ligament in his left ankle. As a result, Timo Werner will be sidelined until at least the end of 2022.

Sometime in the next few days, we’ll make a call on how to proceed with his care.

“This piece of news is extremely bitter,” Germany’s coach Hansi Flick said. For Timo’s sake, I’m truly sorry that he won’t be able to participate in the World Cup.