April 29, 2018 / 4:45 PM / 5 months ago

Germany's Stindl to miss World Cup with ankle injury

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany forward Lars Stindl will miss this year’s World Cup after suffering a serious ankle injury in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Schalke 04, his club said on Sunday.

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Czech Republic vs Germany - Prague, Czech Republic - September 1, 2017 Germany’s Lars Stindl reacts REUTERS/David W Cerny

The Gladbach captain, who has won 11 caps for Germany and was joint top scorer with three goals in last year’s Confederations Cup victory, badly twisted his left foot in the 35th minute of Saturday’s match and was instantly taken off.

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Germany Training - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - October 4, 2017 Germany’s Mats Hummels, Sandro Wagner, Julian Draxler and Lars Stindl during training REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

“It is very bitter to suffer the injury at this stage,” Stindl said in a statement. “Now I cannot help my team in the crucial final matches of the season and my dream of the World Cup is also gone.”

Gladbach are in ninth place with an outside chance of making the Europa League spots with two games remaining.

Stindl will undergo surgery this week and will be out for several weeks, the club said.

Defending world champions Germany are drawn in Group F along with Sweden, South Korea and Mexico for the tournament that starts on June 14 in Russia.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis

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