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Germany forward Lars Stindl to miss World Cup with ankle injury

Lars Stindl celebrates putting Germany ahead
Image: World Cup heartache for Germany forward Lars Stindl

Germany and Borussia Monchengladbach forward Lars Stindl has been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

The 29-year-old suffered an ankle injury during Gladbach's 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Schalke on Saturday.

He will undergo an operation this week and is likely to be out for around three months.

Lars Stindl
Image: Stindl injured his left ankle in Gladbach's draw with Schalke

Stindl said: "To suffer such a bad injury at this point in the season is very hard. On the one hand I can't help my team at the important season finale, and on the other, my World Cup dream is also over."

He has scored four goals in 11 appearances for Germany, and played in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in Berlin last month.

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The Gladbach captain will also miss his side's final two Bundesliga matches of the season, during which they could still claim a place in next season's Europa League.

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