Germany coach Joachim Löw must plan without the services of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for the FIFA World Cup qualifying double header against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan, with the 21-year-old currently nursing a neck injury.

Werner scored three times in Germany’s previous two Group C qualifiers – a 2-1 win against the Czech Republic and a 6-0 triumph of Norway – to take his tally to six goals in eight appearances for Die Mannschaft.

The former Stuttgart favourite was replaced during the first half of Leipzig’s recent UEFA Champions League loss against Besiktas and subsequently missed his team’s 2-1 Bundesliga triumph against Cologne at the weekend.

Despite losing one of the members of Germany’s successful FIFA Confederation’s Cup winning team, Löw has decided against choosing a replacement for Thursday’s trip to Belfast and the Sunday encounter against Azerbaijan. The FIFA World Cup holders are just one point shy of reaching next summer’s finals in Russia.

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