Another one bites the dust.
Last week it was Mario Götze, the other day it was Gonzalo Castro, and now Maximilian Philipp is the latest Dortmund player to suffer an injury.
The club have announced that Philipp suffered a “severe knee injury with involvement of the knee cap” and will be out for “several months.” Philipp sustained the injury during Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Leverkusen over the weekend.
Maximilian #Philipp wird dem BVB leider mehrere Monate lang fehlen. Der Offensivakteur erlitt im Bundesliga-Spiel am vergangenen Samstag in Leverkusen eine schwere Knieverletzung unter Beteiligung der Kniescheibe. Milli, wir wünschen dir gute Besserung! pic.twitter.com/9jWh63fboN— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 5, 2017
The injury looked serious from the moment Philipp went down. He was unable to walk off on his own power, and had to be stretchered off the pitch.
Philipp joins a lengthy injury list that already includes Castro, Götze, Lukasz Piszczek, Sebastian Rode, Erik Durm, Jacob Bruun Larsen, and of course Marco Reus. Injuries have been a big part of BVB’s recent tumble down the Bundesliga table.
Tomorrow’s match with Real Madrid is pretty meaningless other than its ramifications for whether Dortmund qualify for the Europa League. But Peter Bosz’s team could use some of their injured players back when they continue their struggle in the Bundesliga against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Max Philipp won’t be back for a while, and his injury means that others will have to step-up in his absence.
It’s just another obstacle in a season that has been filled with adversity for Borussia Dortmund.