RB Leipzig new boy Hannes Wolf suffers horrific leg break after scoring in Austria U21s 2-0 win over Serbia
- Hannes Wolf suffered a nasty leg break during Austria U21s win over Serbia
- The 20-year-old scored the opening goal in the first half before his bad injury
- He was fouled by Vukasin Jovanovic who was sent off after a VAR review
- Wolf is due to move from RB Salzburg to sister club RB Leipzig on July 1
RB Leipzig signing Hannes Wolf suffered a horrendous leg injury while playing for Austria against Serbia in the Under-21 European Championships on Monday evening.
The forward, who started the match on the left wing but is adept across the frontline, is scheduled to complete move from Red Bull Salzburg to Leipzig on July 1, after the two clubs agreed a deal back in January.
But he will have to wait a long time for his Bundesliga debut after suffering a shattering leg break in the second half against Serbia.
Hannes Wolf suffered a very nasty leg injury during Austria U21s 2-0 win over Serbia U21s
Wolf had skipped away from Serbia defender Vukasin Jovanovic with a clever flicked header
Jovanovic’s recovering challenge caught Wolf’s leg which was stuck under his body
Wolf had given his side the lead in the first half with a tap-in, but his participation in the match was cruelly brought to an end after a tackle by Vukasin Jovanovic with 15 minutes to go.
The 20-year-old skipped away from the Bordeaux defender with a clever backwards header, only to be scythed him down by his opponent.
Swedish referee Andreas Ekberg initially only booked the defender, but then showed the Serb a straight red card after being advised to review the decision by VAR.
The red card appeared a harsh call but the challenge left Wolf with a nasty injury as his leg was caught underneath his body, resulting in what looked like a compound fracture.
Swedish referee Andreas Ekberg initially only gave Jovanovic a yellow card but VAR intervened
The red card looked harsh but the 20-year-old exciting forward was left with a nasty injury
Wolf had earlier scored for Austria who went on to score directly from the resulting free kick
Wolf, he starred in Salzburg’s eye-catching UEFA Youth League-winning team in 2017, was recruited after a long pursuit by former director of sport and current Leipzig head coach Ralf Ragnick.
‘Hannes caught our attention due to his prominent development, which is reflected in his numerous national and international outings, in spite of his young age,’ Rangnick said in January.
‘His strengths make him a versatile option across the attacking midfield. I’m delighted he’s decided to take the next step in his career with us here.’
Austria went on to score directly from the free-kick as Sascha Horvath whipped a cross-shot into the back of the net.
Ten-man Serbia, who were led by Real Madrid new boy Luka Jovic up front, were unable to find a way back into the match and suffered a shock defeat in Trieste, Italy.
Wolf’s goal set Austria on their way to an unlikely victory over an impressive Serbia side
Wolf (L) will join Leipzig on July 1 after impressing for Austrian sister club Red Bull Salzburg