The injury bug has struck. Dortmund were already relatively unhealthy before the international break, and now they’ve come out of it in even worse shape.
Sokratis was the latest to pick up an injury. He had to be subbed out of Greece’s World Cup qualifier with Estonia in the 7th minute with a muscle injury in his right leg. With Marc Bartra already doubtful for the Berlin match, this couldn’t have come at a worse time.
WARNING: Our full injury list is scary and may cause you to cry and/or lose all hope.
Injured/doubtful for Berlin: Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Bender, Durm, Subotic, Castro, Guerreiro, Schürrle, Reus, Ramos #bvb— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) October 10, 2016
I have no idea what our lineup is going to look like on Friday. Hopefully one or two of those “doubtful” players will be healthy enough to play. Our back line is going to be an adventure, and probably not a fun one.
I guess the good news here is that most of the injuries are short-term, with the exception of Subotic, Durm, Ramos, and Bender. Reus has been out long-term, but is expected back in the next month.
And now, for a lightning round update on our plethora of minor ailments. Mostly sourced from this article in German.
Piszczek: Picked up a knee injury during Poland’s 3-2 win over Denmark. Still played the full 90. Probably just a knock, but could keep him out Friday.
Sokratis: Really not sure yet how long he’ll be out for, but he’s certainly out for Berlin.
Bartra: May not be 100%, but may have to play against Berlin due to the other injuries in the defense. But even if he’s not available Friday he should be very soon.
Castro: Came off at halftime of the Leverkusen game. Reports are that he’s got an adductor injury, just like Bartra had. Probably out 3-4 weeks. This is a real shame for Gonzalo, as he’d been in great form so far this season and may have eventually been in line for a call-up for Germany.
Guerreiro: A thigh injury forced him off in the 52nd minute of Portugal’s game with Andorra. Then he was not in the squad for their match on Monday with the Faroe Islands. There’s not much worse than having a quality player injured against a crap team like Andorra. I could’ve played left back for them in the match, and they still would have won 6-0.
Schurrle: Saved the day against Madrid, but didn’t feature against Leverkusen and was subsequently left out of the the Germany squad. May miss Berlin, but shouldn’t be gone for too long after that.
Me: Developed severe carpal tunnel syndrome after typing up our full injury list. Day-to-day. Do not try this at home.
In the face of all these injuries, it’s going to be really tough to beat Hertha. They’re already one of the strongest teams in the league. If we can somehow steal three points, it would be a massive result.
How would you lineup for the Hertha Berlin game with so many players out injured?