Bayer Leverkusen without Omer Toprak due to suspension

Bayer Leverkusen without Omer Toprak due to suspension [divider]

Bayer Leverkusen will be without experienced defender Ömer Toprak against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Last 16 due to suspension.

The Turkish international has been ruled out of the first-leg and Kruse, Jedvaj and Bender are also out injured.

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Leverkusen will have their other Turkish player Hakan Çalhanoğlu. The 21-year-old is expected to start against the La Liga champions.

Çalhanoğlu joined Bayer for €14.5 million this summer – the highest fee ever paid for a Turkish international.

The young midfielder was named best young player of the 2013/14 season by leading German football magazine 11 Freunde.

The 21-year-old has a reputation as being a set piece specialist and has scored seven direct free-kicks in the Bundesliga in his career.

Atleti will be without star player Koke and Arda Turan is also a doubt.

Turan became the first Turkish international to win the La Liga title last season and also played an important role in Atleti reaching the Champions League final.

 

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