Lewandowski ruled out of World Cup qualifier against England after Poland confirm knee ligament injury

Baku, March 29, AZERTAC

Robert Lewandowski will miss Poland's upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying Group I clash with England, after it was confirmed he had damaged ligaments in his knee against Andorra on Sunday, according to

The Bayern Munich forward, who has been in the form of his life for both club and country, was replaced during his nation's routine 3-0 win on Sunday just after the hour mark, having bagged a brace.

Paulo Sousa's side will now have to contend with a crunch clash against Gareth Southgate's Three Lions without their talismanic forward, while the extent of the 32-year-old's injury may also keep him out of his club's pair of vital clashes in the Bundesliga and Champions League over the next eight days.

"Robert Lewandowski will not play in Wednesday's 2022 World Cup qualifying match against England in London due to an injury," an official statement posted to the Polish FA's website read.

"Clinical tests have shown damage to the collateral ligament of the right knee.

"The short time remaining until the next match excludes the participation of the national team captain in this match. This would carry too much risk of aggravating the injury.

"This decision is the only right one, bearing in mind the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament.

"Treatment of this type of injury usually lasts from five to 10 days. Therefore, Robert Lewandowski will return to Bayern Munich, where he will undergo further rehabilitation."

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