Kicker is reporting that Borussia Dortmund will be without Jadon Sancho, and potentially without Raphael Guerreiro, for their Champions League second leg tie against Sevilla FC. Sancho’s injury may keep him out for weeks, while Guerreiro is a doubt for the midweek tie against Sevilla. The only positive to come out of the report is that Haaland is not expected to miss any time, so will be good to go on Tuesday. BVB would have been hoping to have a fully stocked squad ahead of the second leg of the Round of 16 tie against Sevilla FC, but at the very least, they will not be able to call on Sancho. The 20 year-old English wonderkid suffered a muscle injury this past Tuesday in the 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB Pokal quarterfinal, which saw BVB book a place in the semi final thanks to Sancho’s well taken goal.
This is a big blow for Dortmund who have been in good form recently, despite losing 4-2 to Bayern Munich yesterday. Thorgan Hazard, just recently returning from injury himself, took Sancho’s place in the lineup and bagged an assist in the opening minutes of the game which propelled Die Schwarzgelben to a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately the team could not hold off the mighty Bayern. It will be vital that Hazard continues to play well and keep fit during this spell, but he has struggled with the latter so far this season. Toto is a very strong replacement for Sancho, but BVB fans are yearning to have both operating on the wings and giving balance to this free flowing attacking side.
To make matters worse, Kicker reports that Raphael Guerreiro still remains a doubt for the tie with Sevilla on Tuesday. The Portuguese left back went off injured only a minute into the match against Borussia Monchengladbach and as a result he missed this weekend’s match against Bayern Munich. Guerreiro is having another amazing season with Dortmund, and is arguably the best attacking left back in Europe at the moment. Guerreiro’s injury means Nico Schulz will most likely get another chance to impress for Dortmund at left back in his absence.
Schulz played a part in the build-up to BVB’s second goal yesterday with a lightning quick counter-attack which saw him play a nice reverse pass for Hazard’s assist for Haaland. Hopefully Schulz will be able to get back to his best when he played at TSG Hoffenheim and became a regular in the German national team setup.
Sounds pretty awful right? However, the good news is that Sporting Director Michael Zorc has said that Erling Haaland will be fit. The Norwegian striker scored a first half brace for Die Schwarzgelben before coming off injured around the hour mark. After shredding Bayern’s defense into pieces, Haaland picked up a knock to the ankle, and Dortmund coach Edin Terzic took no chances, substituting his star striker, with Sevilla no doubt in the back of his mind. It remains to be seen how effective Haaland will be, but BVB should have just enough to get past Sevilla and into the quarter finals.
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