Summary

  • Draxler out for "immediate future" with thigh injury
  • Germany midfielder suffered problem in Champions League exit in Madrid
  • Wolfsburg nine points off fourth place with five games left

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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The loss of Draxler, who has provided six goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this season, seriously hampers the bid of last season's runners-up to close the nine-point gap between them and fourth place - synonymous with UEFA Champions League qualification - in the remaining five matches of the season.

"That is a bitter blow for Julian and VfL," said coach Dieter Hecking, whose side travel to SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 30. "We wish him all the best for a problem-free recovery and hope he is fully fit again soon. Right now, we have to focus on quickly compensating for the loss. We have good options in midfield and will find a solution."

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