Dort­mund de­pleted by in­juries

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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.”

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