Barranquilla (dpa) – Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen has to do without newcomer Santiago Arias for about half a year.

According to Bayer, the right back suffered a fracture of the left fibula, a ruptured syndrome and other ligament injuries to the affected ankle during the World Cup qualifying match with the Colombian national football team against Venezuela (3-0). Arias is run by a specialist in Madrid after consultation with Arias’ home club Atl├ętico Madrid, from which he is initially loaned to Bayer.

“I can’t describe how I feel. I would be lying if I said it went well, but I don’t want to say the opposite. I’m sad about the situation,” Arias wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “This is another test that has to be passed and it will make me stronger. I promise to work hard to come back stronger and faster and wear the colors of Colombia and my Bayer Leverkusen club again.” Sports director Simon Rolfes from Bayer was also concerned. “We are very sorry for this terrible injury and it affects us all. Santiago is a great person and came to us with great ambitions, it is a heavy blow to him,” he said.

In a duel, the 28-year-old completely twisted his foot, and bystanders were visibly shocked. “We’re with you,” tweeted former Bayern professional James Rodriguez. Star striker Radamel Falcao wrote, “We know you’ll come back stronger.” There were plenty of other encouraging tweets under the hashtag #FuerzaSanti.

Bayer had only loaned Arias from Atl├ętico Madrid for a year two and a half weeks ago and also has a purchase option. In the Bundesliga game last Saturday in Stuttgart (1-1), Arias made his debut for Werkself in 90 minutes.

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