Kampl set for lengthy lay-off

Leverkusen have been rocked by the news that midfielder Kevin Kampl’s injury is far worse than initially thought, and a return date is now uncertain.

The Slovenia international was injured in the club’s 1-0 loss to BVB Dortmund two weekends ago and missed the 3-1 win over Sporting in the Europa League and the Bundesliga defeat to Mainz by the same score with what was suspected as being merely a muscular injury.

However, scans this week have revealed the playmaker actually fractured his left fibula bone, leaving the 25-year-old in plaster and unsure about when he will be able to return to first team action.

“Bad news. The Werkself will have to do without Kevin Kampl for a while, as he’s broken his left fibula,” the club posted on its official Twitter page.

Kampl has been an important player for Leverkusen this season, playing in 19 of their 23 Bundesliga fixtures so far this season and providing four assists, with a pass completion rate of a shade over 82%.

They will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Mainz 05 at the weekend when they welcome Bremen to the BayArena on Wednesday night.