Germany will meet Japan in their opening match of the 2022 World Cup but there is no space in the side for Timo Werner.
The RB Leipzig forward missed out on a place in the side for Hansi Flick’s first major tournament with the Germans.
The 26-year-old had amassed 55 caps for his national side as far, as well as re-finding his form on his return to Leipzig after two seasons of struggle at Chelsea.
Despite the improvement in performances, there is no space for him in the 26 man squad list.
Why isn’t Timo Werner in the Germany squad for the World Cup?
It’s likely Germany will miss the goals of Werner, who has netted 24 times for his national side.
The forward tore his ankle ligament during RB Leipzig’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk which has left him unable to compete in Qatar.
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Werner’s fine scoring form for Germany could’ve been integral in righting their wrongs of the previous world cup which saw them knocked out during the group stages.
Although their is currently no return date for the Leipzig striker, it is expected that he will be out for the rest of the year.