Knee ligament tear, Wirtz must be out for a long time


FLORIAN Wirtz has been sidelined for several months after tearing knee ligaments during Bayer Leverkusen’s 1-0 loss to Cologne in the Bundesliga match on Sunday (1/3).

The 18-year-old footballer suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after being fouled by an opposing player in the Leverkusen Derby.

Wirtz had to be carried off the field on a stretcher in pain.

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Leverkusen, in an official statement said the attacking midfielder is likely to be out for several months.

This means that Wirtz will certainly miss playing for the German national team in friendly matches against Israel and the Netherlands this month and will have to race against time to recover before the 2022 World Cup, next November.

Wirtz’s absence adds to the length of problems for Leverkusen, who have already lost their top scorer Patrik Schick with a calf injury.

Leverkusen is ranked third in the Bundesliga standings but has just suffered two consecutive defeats in three days after previously losing to Atalanta in the first leg of the Europa League last 16, Friday (10/3) early morning WIB. (AFP/OL-1)