Bayer Leverkusen’s Omer Toprak to miss Atletico Madrid clash
Defender Omer Toprak will miss Bayer Leverkusen’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Toprak, who joins Borussia Dortmund in the summer, hurt his ankle in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen in which he also missed a late penalty.
“Omer Toprak suffered an ankle injury and he will miss the Champions League match against Atletico Madrid,” a statement on Leverkusen’s official website read.
Leverkusen travel to Madrid attempting to overcome a 4-2 deficit from the first leg.
The Bundesliga side will also be without right-back Benjamin Henrichs, who is suspended, and Germany centre-back Jonathan Tah, who has a muscle injury.
But goalkeeper Bernd Leno “will probably be available” despite needing surgery after rupturing a nasal cartilage in a collision with Bremen’s Gebre Selassie.
Toprak’s penalty in that match was Bayer’s fifth unsuccessful attempt from six spot-kicks this season and sporting director Rudi Voller said: “You can’t believe it.
“We could easily have 10 points more by now. Let’s have hope for the next penalty.”
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