German Football League leaders Bayer Leverkusen have lost the efforts of their Argentine midfielder Esquel Palacios “for the time being” due to injury, it was announced on Sunday.
Leverkusen did not specify the duration of Argentina's 2022 World Cup win in Qatar, saying on Sunday that an MRI scan confirmed the hamstring injury he sustained during the 3-2 win over Leipzig in the local league.
He explained: “This diagnosis will force the 25-year-old to watch from the sidelines for now.”
The news comes at a bad time for the leaders of the German league, which is suffering from the absence of many of its squads.
Coach Xabi Alonso's side have been ruled out by Burkinabe Edmond Dapsoba, Ivory Coast's Odilon Kozono and Morocco's Amin Adelie from the Africa Cup of Nations with their countries, while Nigeria's top scorer Victor Boniface is out until April with a muscle injury.
Palacios has played in all but one of Leverkusen's league games this season and is Alonso's favorite to take penalty kicks.
Leverkusen received good news on Dutchman Jeremy Frimpong, who was replaced with a leg injury in the first half of Saturday's match, as his injury is not a concern and he is ready to train and play, as the club assured him on Sunday. .
Leverkusen are unbeaten in their 27 matches in all competitions this season and are seven points ahead of defending champions Bayern Munich in the league standings, who face Werder Bremen later on Sunday with a game in hand.