Timo Werner

Timo Werner has emerged as a doubt for the World Cup after the German striker limped off in the first half of RB Leipzig’s 4-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Werner started the match looking to score in his third successive Champions League outing after previous goals against Celtic and Real Madrid, but his night was cut short when he went down with less than 20 minutes on the clock.

The 26-year-old opted to sit down on the pitch after playing a routine pass, and was replaced by Emil Forsberg shortly afterwards.

The extent of the injury is yet to be determined, but the way that Werner chose to go down with no one around him will be a concern for Germany boss Hansi Flick.

Since Flick took charge of the national team after last year’s Euros, Werner has been a key part of his plans, netting eight goals in 13 appearances.

The 55-cap international has also been in good form at club level since leaving Chelsea to return to RB Leipzig in the summer.

In 16 matches across all competitions, Werner has found the net nine times, and he played his part in the team easing through the group stages of the Champions League.

Losing Werner would be a major setback for Flick, who is already sweating on the fitness of a couple of important players ahead of Qatar.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is battling back from a shoulder problem that he suffered last month, while he has also revealed that he’s had surgery three times after being diagnosed with skin cancer.

Meanwhile, teenage prospect Florian Wirtz is back in training after tearing his ACL last season, and he has reportedly made Flick’s provisional squad for the tournament.

However, he is yet to feature this season for Bayer Leverkusen, and is running out of time to prove his fitness before Flick names the 26 players that he will take to Qatar.

Germany begin their World Cup campaign against Japan on November 23.


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