Dortmund depleted by injuries
Borussia Dortmund are facing an injury crisis ahead of their Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur tonight as up to nine players look set to miss out.
Dortmund sit top of the Bundesliga table after three games but a raft of fitness problems have derailed coach Peter Bosz’s preparations. Neven Subotic became the latest concern yesterday after the defender fell ill and was unable to train.
Meanwhile the captain and left-back, Marcel Schmelzer, was carried off against Freiburg on Saturday with ruptured ankle ligaments, not long after the defender Marc Bartra departed with a groin problem. Neither has travelled to London.
Also likely to miss out are Julian Weigl (ankle), the former Chelsea striker André Schürrle (thigh), Sebastian Rode (leg) and Erik Durm (hip), while Raphaël Guerreiro and Marco Reus are recovering from foot and knee operations respectively. Subotic could yet join the squad today but would appear unlikely to start.
“Our long-term injuries are well known and we have some short-term ones as well,” Bosz said. “Subotic is sick. Maybe he will come tomorrow but he is not with the group today.”
Bosz took charge at Dortmund this summer after leading Ajax to the Europa League final last season. It means he is well acquainted with the Spurs defender Davinson Sánchez, who joined from Ajax in August. “He is a good player even though he is still young,” Bosz said. “Without the ball he is a monster – strong in the air, fast.”