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The Daily Bee (February 21st, 2019): Reus and Akanji could be back against Bayer Leverkusen

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Will both be ready for Sunday?

Borussia Dortmund Training Session and Press Conference Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen is BVB’s next opponent in the Bundesliga, a difficult game in Dortmund’s current situation but help could be on the way for the black and yellows. Marco Reus could be back in time for the match on Sunday if a report from Bild is accurate, which would certainly give the team a boost. The club has not managed to win a game since the captain has gone down with an injury.

The defense could also receive some much needed help with the return of Manuel Akanji. BVB’s best centerback has been out for over two months but is now fully back in team training. However it remains questionable if he is already fit enough to start in the Bundesliga again.

  • Champions League results

Schalke 04 was the last Bundesliga team to play in the knockout stage and failed, like BVB and Bayern before them to get a victory. Staring out as the heavy underdogs against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Schalke actually managed to turn around an early deficit and go into halftime with a 2:1 lead. Things got even better for the Royal Blues in the second half when Otamendi got sent off with his second yellow card. In spite of everything Manchester City still managed to turn it around in the end thanks to a brilliant free kick from Sané and a late winner from Sterling.

Despite being one of the favorites to win it all, Juventus face elimination in the round of sixteen because of their 0:2 loss in Madrid. Atletico was the better team and deservedly won the match. The Italian side now have the almost impossible task of turning around a 2-goal deficit against one of the best defensive teams in Europe.

Borussia Dortmund continue to look for fullbacks and Pedro Porro from FC Girona is allegedly on the club’s list. According to Mundo Deportivo BVB are one of the clubs scouting the 19-year old right back who has been one of Spain’s most impressive young players this season. To secure his signing BVB would probably have to pay the 50€ million release clause, in addition the black and yellows will face tough competition from clubs like RB Leipzig, FC Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Valenica.