Leverkusen wins and advances to the German Cup quarter-finals. Rising star Wirtz is injured during the game and is doubtful for the weekend Bundesliga game.2023-12-07 15:49
Leverkusen will face Bundesliga Paderborn today to start this season's German Cup round of 16 knockout rounds. In the end, Leverkusen relied on 22-year-old forward Victor Boniface and 25-year-old midfielder Ezekiel Goals from Palacios and 27-year-old substitute forward Patrick Schick defeated the opponent 3-1 and reached the quarterfinals.
Despite the victory, Leverkusen faced injury problems in this game. During the game, 20-year-old attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz suffered an ankle injury. It has not yet been confirmed whether he can return from injury in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Leverkusen forward Boniface and midfielder Palacios helped the home team expand the score in the first half. Before the halftime break, youngster Wirtz fell after a sliding tackle from Paderborn's 23-year-old midfielder Philippe Bibbea while in possession.
Wirtz clearly felt pain when he stood up and walked, so he was replaced by coach Xabi Alonso and replaced by 31-year-old midfielder Jonas Hofmann. Wirtz, who injured his ankle, limped off the field and into the locker room for initial medical treatment.
After the game, Leverkusen coach Alonso said that Wirtz's injury still needs to be evaluated. It is still unclear whether the youngster can play in the 14th round of the Bundesliga this weekend in Stuttgart, which also advanced to the top 8 of the German Cup.
At just 20 years old, Wirtz is considered one of the top young midfielders in Europe. He is the main contributor to Leverkusen's 21-game unbeaten record in the Bundesliga, domestic cups and Europa League this season. He has scored 6 goals and provided 10 assists in 20 games in all competitions.
The youngster also represented the German national team in 14 international matches. Before hosting the 2024 European Cup next year, Wirtz only missed one game this year, and he played in full attendance at the rest of the international competitions.
Now Wirtz is facing injury problems and is likely to be unable to participate in the upcoming Bundesliga game against Stuttgart. Although Leverkusen currently leads the Bundesliga standings, they are only 3 points behind second-placed Bayern Munich and five points ahead of third-placed Stuttgart.
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