Julian Draxler has been sidelined by a thigh injury picked up in Wolfsburg's UEFA Champions League exit this week. - © imago / photoarena/Eisenhuth
Julian Draxler has been sidelined by a thigh injury picked up in Wolfsburg's UEFA Champions League exit this week. - © imago / photoarena/Eisenhuth
Bundesliga

Thigh injury sidelines Wolfsburg star Draxler

VfL Wolfsburg's bid to clinch a top-four finish has been dealt a major blow with influential attacking midfielder Julian Draxler sidelined by injury.

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner suffered a muscle sinew tear in his left thigh during the Wolves' UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid CF on Tuesday, and will not be available "for the immediate future", according to a statement on the club's official website.

"I am disappointed and it’s a real shame that I can’t help the team right now in looking to achieve our goals for the season," said Draxler, who was forced off just 32 minutes into Wolfsburg's 3-0 defeat in the Spanish capital. "I will now do all in my power to get back into action again as quickly as possible".

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