A shred of good news has emerged from what has been an otherwise dreary day for Borussia Dortmund fans. According to a post-match interview, Dortmund manager Edin Terzic does not believe that the injury sustained by Erling Haaland is serious, and that he should be fit to face Sevilla on Tuesday in the Champions League.
In the 60th minute of today’s 4-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, Erling Haaland buckled to the ground after Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng incidentally clipped his ankle with his boot. After a few minutes consulting with team trainers, coach Edin Terzic made the decision to sub Haaland out for Steffan Tigges. Considering the fact that Haaland was on a brace and was the only substantial attacking threat that BVB had, it was quite a blow.
The match ended with a gut-wrenching Bayern Munich goal in the 87th minute, followed by another goal from Robert Lewandowski moments later. The only thing that could have made the day worse would have been for Haaland’s injury to be serious. Thankfully, this does not appear to be the case. According to Kicker, Terzic confirmed in a post-match interview that Haaland should be fit to face Sevilla.
Needless to say, this is a huge relief. As today’s performance shows, without Erling Haaland, BVB’s offensive prowess is greatly reduced. Although Dortmund have a slim lead over Sevilla on aggregate, it’s unlikely that BVB will be able to keep a clean sheet, so more goals will be essential. With Haaland at the ready, Dortmund will have a much better chance of advancing to the next round, which means Terzic’s decision to take Haaland off the pitch today might ultimately have been the right one.