Germany Starlet Wirtz Out for Several Months With Torn Knee Ligaments

Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 14th Mar, 2022 ) :Florian Wirtz will probably be sidelined “for several months” after tearing knee ligaments as Bayer Leverkusen misplaced 1-0 at dwelling to Cologne Sunday whereas elsewhere within the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland made his long-awaited return from harm for Dortmund.

Wirtz, 18, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee throughout a first-half problem in Leverkusen’s derby defeat.

He was stretchered off in clear misery.

The attacking midfielder “will be out for several months”, Leverkusen mentioned in a press release.

Wirtz misses Germany’s friendlies towards Israel and the Netherlands later this month and faces a race towards time to be match for the World Cup in Qatar which kicks off in November.

Wirtz’s harm capped a foul day for Leverkusen as Cologne’s Kingsley Schindler got here off the bench to volley in an excellent second-half winner for his first Bundesliga purpose.

The lack of Wirtz is a critical blow to Leverkusen with their top-scoring Czech striker Patrik Schick already sidelined by a torn calf.

Leverkusen are third in Germany’s prime flight, however suffered a second defeat in three days after shedding to Atalanta of their Europa League final 16, first-leg tie on Thursday.

Cologne are seventh as Steffen Baumgart’s guests out-thought and out-muscled Leverkusen.

The hosts misplaced three gamers within the first half of a bruising derby as defenders Jeremie Frimpong and Odilon Kossounou additionally suffered leg accidents.

Haaland made his first look since late January as Dortmund closed the hole to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a 1-0 dwelling win over Covid-hit Arminia Bielefeld.

Haaland got here on for the final half hour at Signal Iduna Park after Marius Wolf’s first-half winner towards Bielefeld who had six gamers and head coach Frank Kramer out with Covid.

Dortmund have been additionally lacking defenders Mats Hummels and Raphael Guerreiro who additionally examined constructive for the coronavirus final week.

The dwelling win allowed Dortmund to trim Bayern’s result in seven factors after the league leaders have been held to a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Dortmund have a sport in hand and may cut back the deficit additional on Wednesday after they journey to Mainz.

There was extra excellent news for Dortmund as teenage US worldwide Giovanni Reyna additionally made his return from harm with a short cameo.

Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada scored the winner as mid-table Eintracht Frankfurt got here from behind to seal a 2-1 win at dwelling to Bochum.

RB Leipzig climbed again into the Champions League spots as they got here from behind at hand backside aspect Greuther Fuerth a 6-1 dwelling thumping.

Fuerth took a shock early lead, however Leipzig roared again to take a 4-1 half-time lead with objectives by Andre Silva, Emil Forsberg, Konrad Laimer and Benjamin Henrichs.

Second-half objectives by French pair Mohamed Simakan and Christopher Nkunku accomplished the rout as Fuerth stay heading in the right direction to be relegated.

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