Laudehr sidelined with ankle problems

Will the influential midfielder be fit in time for the remainder of the tournament?

Laudehr sidelined with ankle problems
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Simone Laudehr's Olympic participation could have been brought to an end before it ever really began, after picking up an injury against Zimbabwe.

The 30-year-old was hit by a late tackle in the early stages of Germany's 6-1 win, and the full extent of the issue was revealed on Thursday afternoon.

Laudehr underwent an MRI scan following the game and it showed an ankle ligament strain. She will be treated over the next few days and then a decision made.

A major blow

The talismanic midfielder is now just one shy of 100 Germany caps after making a brief appearance on Wednesday, but she will want to be fit to earn her century this summer.

Laudehr has found the net 26 times for the national team, in what is part of an impressive international CV.

The recent arrival at Bayern Munich won the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2007, as well as two European Championships in 2009 and 2013.

She was also a part of the Germany side that earned a Bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics, but they will be desperate to go one better this time.

Laudehr has been a consistent performer for Germany down the years. | Image credit: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images
Laudehr has been a consistent performer for Germany down the years. | Image credit: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Who'll be her replacement?

Melanie Leupolz was Laudehr's replacement on the night and played brilliantly when she came on, grabbing Germany's fifth goal of the game.

Though Leupolz will face competition from DFB Player of the Year, Lena Goessling. The VfL Wolfsburg midfielder grabbed an assist for the final goal with a classy turn.

Whilst most teams would be lost without a player like Laudehr, Germany are blessed that they have two talented players ready to step in and fill the void.

It won't be long until we found out who will slot into the centre, with Germany's next game against Australia on Saturday evening.