Borussia Dortmund are on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League after being thrashed 3-0 by Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Spurs were missing the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Danny Rose, with Dortmund also were missing several key stars throughout the spine of the side including Marco Reus, Manuel Akanji, Paco Alcacer and Julian Weigl.
The German side managed to hold their own in the first half at Wembley, however, their makeshift defence crumbled when Spurs upped the ante in the second half. However, BVB will likely have a much stronger side for the second leg after it was reported that several of their key stars are back in training.
While Paco Alcacer and Julian Weigl were only expected to have short layoffs, it is the return of Swiss defender Manuel Akanji that is a particular boost for Dortmund given that the 23-year-old has not featured since being sidelined with a hip injury in December. (Source: Football.London)
It is likely that BVB’s talisman Marco Reus will also be back before the return leg on the 5th of March. There was some bad news as well on the injury front for the German side as Christian Pulisic has been ruled out for a couple of weeks after suffering a muscle fibre tear against Spurs.
Nevertheless, Spurs are likely to be facing a much stronger Dortmund side when they travel to the Westfalenstadion in a few weeks time. So even if the likes of Kane, Alli, and Rose are back, it is important that Tottenham guard against complacency.
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