Recently sidelined for three weeks with a troublesome neck injury, Werner was initially eased back into action by Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl. As the weeks passed, the former Stuttgart forward gradually improved. He returned to his Bundesliga best on Saturday, providing an assist for Yussuf Poulsen’s 70th minute equaliser and then scoring the winner as the Saxony-based side came from behind to beat Hannover.
Despite also finding the net in his team’s UEFA Champions League reverse at Porto last Wednesday, Werner described his weekend strike against Die Roten - his sixth goal in the Bundesliga this term - as, “more emotional.”
"[Scoring] the winner was very important, not just for me, but for the whole team,” he explained. “I'm glad to be back after a long time; it's nice to be in the game once again and helping the team. This win was very important for us."
Watch: Yussuf Poulsen credits Forsberg and Werner for equalising goal.
Indeed, a seventh triumph of the season for Leipzig keeps them in touch with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich – just four points ahead – prior to the international break. Werner missed Germany’s final two FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan in October, but Die Mannschaft’s No. 11 is back in contention for high profile friendlies against England at Wembley on Friday and France in Cologne the following Tuesday.
A 2017 FIFA Confederation’s Cup winner, Werner will be keen to add to his six goals in eight appearances for Joachim Löw’s reigning world champions.