Borussia Dortmund left back Julian Ryerson has suffered a torn Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and will be sidelined for at least two months. This means he will miss the rest of the Hinrunde, the entire winter pause, and a solid chunk of the Rückrunde at a minimum. The injury occurred during Wednesday’s match against VfB Stuttgart.
Sky-Info: #BVB-Profi Julian Ryerson wird in diesem Jahr kein Spiel mehr machen. Der Norweger hat sich wohl am Innenband verletzt. Genaue Diagnose steht noch aus. Es wird intern von einer Ausfallzeit von bis zu 8 Wochen ausgegangen. Er läuft zzt auf Krücken. ⚫️ @SkySportDE— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) December 7, 2023
With this injury, Borussia Dortmund’s already shallow full back depth is going to get stretched to the limit. Julian Ryerson has been BVB’s most consistent full back on either side of the pitch. Now, Ramy Bensebaini will most likely have to take over full time on the left, while a platoon of Niklas Süle, Thomas Meunier, Mateu Morey, and Marius Wolf will play on the right. While four players covering one position might not normally seem like a problem, Meunier and Morey played a combined 0 minutes before Wednesday and are frequently injured, Süle would be out of position and is also frequently injured, and Wolf has been struggling in recent weeks. Of course, Emre Can can also fit in occasionally, but he’s going to be needed in midfield if Salih Özcan can’t handle the burden on his own.
Of these options, the best seems to be to rotate Süle and Wolf whenever either one is healthy, with Meunier and/or Morey pitching in whenever possible, and maybe, just maybe, make a move in the January transfer window. None of these options are ideal, but such is the peril of going into the season with a lack of quality depth.