Der Klassiker, the most important match of the season, is fast approaching. Borussia Dortmund will need all hands on deck to face off against Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, two recent injuries have put BVB at risk of fielding a substantially weakened squad against Bayern. Mats Hummels and Erling Haaland, two of BVB’s key players, are currently day-to-day and will be questionable for BVB’s next two matches.
Mats Hummels looked the hero yesterday against Arminia Bielefeld, with a stalwart defensive performance and a pair of goals to his name. His standout performance was unfortunately cut short when, in the dying minutes of the match, he pulled up with a tightened thigh muscle while running back to his position, and needed to be subbed off. Meanwhile, Erling Haaland sat yesterday’s match with some unspecified knee problems, that have been nagging him ever since the match against Zenit St. Petersburg last Wednesday.
According to Ruhr Nachrichten, both Hummels and Haaland sat out today’s morning training. While Sebastian Kehl told Sky Sports on Saturday that Haaland should be healthy for the match against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday, Mats Hummels looks less certain. He was examined at a hospital today and while BVB haven’t divulged any information on the exact nature of Hummels’s injury, they’re calling it “day-to-day”, indicating it probably isn’t a muscle tear or something else that would cause a weeks-long injury.
Overall, while neither injury seems overly serious, it is something to look out for over the next few days. Muscle injuries in particular are very easy to aggravate, and a day-to-day injury that isn’t given the proper care can easily drag itself out over several weeks. We probably won’t know for sure until Saturday whether Hummels and Haaland will be fit to start against Bayern Munich. Let’s hope they do, because it would be extremely difficult to win without them.