RB Leipzig full-back Marcel Halstenberg is likely to miss the remainder of the Bundesliga season and the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 after suffering a knee ligament injury in training.
The left-back, who won his first Germany cap in November's friendly with England at Wembley, tore the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee during RB's behind-closed-doors training session on Tuesday.
Leipzig confirmed the seriousness of the injury following a scan on Wednesday at a clinic in Augsburg. The club stated that the 26-year-old will undergo surgery in the coming days and will be sidelined "for several months."
🚑 #DieRotenBullen defender Marcel #Halstenberg has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and faces several months on the sidelines. He will undergo an operation in the coming days.— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) 24 January 2018
We're all behind you on your road to recovery, Halste! 💪 pic.twitter.com/Ke3vzp1a6V
Halstenberg had not featured so far in 2018 after suffering a broken hand in the final game of last year, a 3-2 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin.
Leipzig will now be forced to plan without the full-back for the remainder of the season.