In his Friday press conference ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s match against Armenia Bielefeld, head coach Marco Rose announced that superstar striker Erling Haaland had suffered a hip-flexor injury and would be sidelined for several weeks. Thomas Meunier and Nico Schulz will also miss Dortmund’s next game (kicker).
Marco Rose:— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) October 22, 2021
“Thomas Meunier won't be able to play, Nico Schulz has a torn hamstring and Erling Haaland won't play and will be absent for a few weeks with a hip flexor injury."
The news amounts to injury after insult, coming days after Ajax Amsterdam shocked the Black and Yellow in a 4-0 Champions League rout in Amsterdam.
It is the second injury for Haaland this season. The Norwegian has already missed Dortmund‘s Bundesliga games against Gladbach (1-0 loss) and Augsburg (2-1 win), as well as their Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon (1-0 win).
Referring to the earlier injury, Rose said, “It is the same thigh, only a different place.” Pressed by journalists as to whether it was the same injury or a secondary injury in consequence to the first, Rose declined to speculate. “I am not a doctor,” he said.
Time to focus on my recovery. I’ll be back stronger! pic.twitter.com/G5Ez5bohTv— Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) October 22, 2021
Meanwhile, left back Nico Schulz is expected to miss at least two weeks on account of a torn muscle, and Meunier is nursing a bruised foot that he suffered in Amsterdam. Mo Dahoud is also not fit to play on account of a sprained MCL.
“We will have to throw something together,” Rose said in response to the question of how he will respond. “We nevertheless see an opportunity to win a Bundesliga game, in Bielefeld” he said.