International football has harmed Borussia Dortmund once again. And this time the culprit was a tournament that is essentially a series of glorified exhibitions.
Raphaël Guerreiro will be out for 3-4 months after successfully undergoing an operation on his foot. Guerreiro picked up the injury during his time with Portugal at the Confederations Cup.
BVB will be without @RaphGuerreiro for between three and four months. He underwent a foot operation today.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 10, 2017
"Bei Guerreiro waren wir überrascht, dass sich unsere Bilder komplett von denen aus Portugal unterschieden haben. Der Ausfall wiegt schwer." pic.twitter.com/vyRU7N5ATk— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 10, 2017
This news is particularly frustrating. In the aftermath of the injury, the Portuguese FA told Dortmund that it was only a bruise. Further examination in Dortmund showed that it was clearly more serious than that.
Football Associations are known to lie about things like this. It’s one of the many complaints that clubs have about the way their players are treated while away with their international teams.
The injury comes just about a month before Dortmund are scheduled to start the season. Guerreiro will have to wait until October or November to start establishing himself in Peter Bosz’s new team.
Guerreiro joins Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, and Julian Weigl on the injury list.
Get well soon Rafa!