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The Daily Bee (September 9th, 2019): Paco keeps on scoring and two players return with injuries from international duty

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Akanji and Schulz questionable for Saturday

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The injuries are piling up for Borussia Dortmund once again. After Axel Witsel and Thorgan Hazard, who picked up injuries before the international break, now Manuel Akanji and Nico Schulz have gone down with injuries.

The defensive duo played for their national teams this past weekend and picked up injuries. Akanji has a partial ligament tear in the left ankle joint and Schulz partial tear of a ligament in the left tarsus.

However, Michael Zorc told kicker that the injuries aren’t as severe as expected. In fact both players could resume training this week and could possibly even play this Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen.

  • International games

Several BVB-players were in action for their national teams this weekend.

Paco Alcacer scored twice in Spain’s 4:0 victory over Iceland despite coming from the bench in 61st minute. Thomas Delaney started for Denmark but the European championship winner from 1992 disappointed in their 0:0 draw against Georgia. Denmark will have to start winning some games if they want to make it to the tournament next year.

On Saturday, Raphael Guerreiro and Jadon Sancho played for Portugal and England in their respective wins. Guerreiro started for Portugal in their 4:2 win over Serbia and Sancho got subbed in during England’s 4:0 victory against Bulgaria.

Tonight Germany, with Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, will look to bounce back from their 2:4 defeat against the Netherlands. Die Mannschaft play Northern Ireland who are actually currently in the lead in group C.

I think everybody can agree that Andrey Yarmolenko’s time in Dortmund was not very successful. The black and yellows thought he could help replace Ousmane Dembélé but he only lasted one season in Dortmund before leaving for West Ham.

Now the Ukrainian international has talked for the first time about his time with BVB and he criticizes the way he left:

“I am not a girl who is offended. But I did not like the way I left. I think that Borussia is a great club and should be approached with great respect by the players. But I did not like that much in Dortmund.”

However, not everything was bad, Yarmolenko, like most players, seemed to enjoy the atmosphere in Dortmund:

“Every game, even a lost one, is an experience. At Borussia I had both good and bad games. I believe that I gained a lot of experience there, I experienced what German football is.”