German outfit Leverkusen will be without six first-team players as Rangers look set to host the club in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie at Ibrox.
The Bundesliga side is arguably Germany’s form side at the moment and has had some big results against the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in recent months.
Their task at Ibrox tonight – with the match still set to go ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak – is set to be made harder by a spate of injuries.
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❌🤕 Kevin Volland
❌🤕 Lars Bender
❌🤕 Sven Bender
❌🤕 Nadiem Amiri
❌😷 Daley Sinkgraven
❌🤕 Lucas Alario
Everyone else is fit and available.
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) March 11, 2020
Amongst the injured for Leverkusen includes top scorer Kevin Volland and their backup striker Lucas Alario.
This means the BayArena side will be relying on €20m teenage Brazilian striker Paulinho, who is their only recognised forward for the tie.
Alongside those, the absence of club captain Lars Bender and his brother Sven is also sure to be felt by Peter Bosz’s side.
The duo are established German internationals and leaders within the side and the fact they won’t be turning out at Ibrox will undoubtedly be a disappointment for Leverkusen.
Nadiem Amiri is a consistent presence in the middle of the pitch for Leverkusen and will also be missed, whilst Dutch left-back Danny Sinkgraven is likely to be replaced by Brazilian Wendell.
Leverkusen aren’t the only one with injury worries ahead of the Europa League tie.
Ryan Jack will miss the tie with the German sides whilst captain James Tavernier will be given a late fitness test [Rangers] to assess hit suitability for selection.