RB Leipzig have serious concerns over the health of Germany international Timo Werner after the forward suffered ‘breathing and circulation problems’ in their defeat by Besiktas last week.
The 21-year-old, who has been scouted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona, was substituted 32 minutes into the 2-0 Champions League defeat, complaining of dizziness amid a hostile atmosphere in Turkey.
Werner did not feature in Leipzig’s victory over Cologne on Sunday after the symptoms reappeared later in the week and pulled out of the Germany squad for their upcoming qualifiers with Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.
RB Leipzig have major concerns over the health of Germany international forward Timo Werner
He came off during their defeat by Besiktas, complaining of dizziness and breathing problems
The Bundesliga club admit they are concerned by the undiagnosed problem, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl claiming: ‘It is impossible to think of games at the moment.’
Sporting director Ralf Rangnick told Kicker: ‘We are worried about him. That’s obvious. It was an unusual situation in Istanbul.
‘And after having the same symptoms again on Friday, he has to assume that it is a matter of being accepted and being looked after.
Werner pulled out of the Germany squad for their games with Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan
‘It’s about finding out the connections. It makes little sense to speculate. We have to get to the bottom of the matter together and then find the right measures.
‘It makes no sense for me to send him to the national team, as long as the diagnosis is not yet finished.’
Both Madrid and Barcelona have been keeping an eye on Werner, who scored 21 Bundesliga goals for Leipzig last season.
The 21-year-old has netted six goals in his first eight appearances for Germany and has been tipped to lead their line at next year’s World Cup in Russia.