broken ankle rules out Grischa Prömel for club and country

By Peter Vice @ViceytheSS

Any talk of Grischa Prömel possibly joining Federal coach Hansi Flick’s World Cup squad is now officially over after it was revealed the Bundesliga veteran broke his ankle during the game. Hoffenheim’s 1-3 loss to Leipzig on Saturday.

Grischa Promel Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasi CC-BY-SA 3.0

27-year-old attacking midfielder Grischa Prömel, who has represented Germany at U21 level and at the Olympics, has enjoyed a highly successful season after returning for his second stint with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim this summer. The Stuttgart native has caught a lot of attention in German football circles for his performances this year.
Although Prömel was not on a leaked preliminary list for the World Cup published by German tabloid Sport Bild (later discredited by Hansi Flick) around two weeks ago, rumors swirled that the former Karlsruher SC man and 1. FC Union Berlin could be on Flick’s radar earlier this week. Head coach André Breitenreiter reportedly told Prömel that he was on Flick’s list.

If such rumors were true, there’s definitely no way Prömel is in Flick’s plans now. Substituted for what appeared to be a serious injury in the 17th minute of Hoffenheim’s loss to Leipzig on Saturday, Breitenreiter confirmed the worst after full-time whist. A broken ankle will sideline Prömel during the winter break and most likely long after the Bundesliga resumes on January 20.

The Kraichgau club posted tributes to their stretched player on their social media on Saturday. His teammate Christoph Baumgartner missed an official apology for his involvement in the injury. The Austrian crashed into Prömel before the roll-up.

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