Note: I totally forgot to hit “schedule” on this when I finished it last night, sorry everyone.
morning afternoon, everyone.
The international break is never fun, but if there were ever a time when Borussia Dortmund could use one, it’s now. The squad has been decimated by injuries over the past month, and the small group of healthy players has been run into the ground by a rigorous and packed schedule. Hopefully, BVB’s crop of injured players can use the next two weeks to recover and hopefully get up to speed so they can hit the ground running when play resumes.
Gregor Kobel sidelined with hip injury, and other updates
Ruhr Nachrichten has been kind enough to provide us with some injury updates. While some of BVB’s top officials, including Michael Zorc, recently expressed optimism that Erling Haaland might return to Dortmund before the end of the calendar year, that now seems unlikely. According to RN, neither player is likely to return before Dortmund’s match against Eintracht Frankfurt on January 8th.
So that’s the bad news. The good news is that other injured players like Raphael Guerreiro, Nico Schulz, Emre Can, Mahmoud Dahoud, Marius Wolf, and others are closer to a return. Gregor Kobel, who apparently picked up a hip injury in Saturday’s match, will miss his international service with Switzerland, but should hopefully be ready to return in two weeks’ time.
Gregor Kobel will not travel with the Swiss National team due to a hip injury.— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) November 7, 2021
The goal is that he will be able to play in the upcoming Bundesliga home match against Stuttgart. Get well soon Greg!
Anthony Modeste’s awesome celebration
FC Köln legend Anthony Modeste scored an 86th minute equalizer against Union Berlin yesterday, and celebrated by stealing his manager, Steffen Baumgart’s flat cap:
Anthony Modeste took his manager's hat to celebrate. Incredible pic.twitter.com/bIAMSKuD0D— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 7, 2021
Awesome celebration, although I’m surprised to see Baumgart and so many people in the crowd wearing flat caps. Are those still a thing in Europe? I feel like nobody in the U.S. has worn them since the 1950s.
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Flat caps: yay or nay?