Chelsea flop Werner to miss World Cup as Germany star ruptures ankle ligament

Former Chelsea forward Timo Werner will miss the 2022 World Cup after tearing a ligament in his ankle.

The Champions League winner was expected to play a role in Germany’s bid to win the tournament for the fifth time. However, his hopes for making the squad for Qatar were ended during RB Leipzig’s 4-0 away victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Werner limped off after only 19 minutes in the Bundesliga giant’s final Champions League group clash. Unfortunately the news was not good for Werner or his national team manager Hansi Flick.

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“Timo Werner suffered an ankle injury last night in the win over Shakhtar Donetsk,” a statement from RB Leipzig said.

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

Werner had been enjoying a rejuvenating return to his former club this season. The 26-year-old had racked up nine goals and four assists in 16 appearances in all competitions for the German giants.

He had almost surpassed his entire goal involvement tally from his final season at Chelsea, which saw him only register 11 goals and six assists in 37 appearances in all competitions

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Werner returned to Leipzig on a permanent basis in the summer, after falling out of favour with then Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. Two years after joining the West Londoners in a £45m deal, the forward made his way back to Leipzig in a deal believed to be worth around £25m.

It had been a very successful return to life at the club, until this very disappointing injury. He will likely not take to a football pitch until 2023 at the earliest.

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