As reported by the Evening Standard, Borussia Dortmund have suffered injuries to two crucial players ahead of their trip to Wembley on Wednesday, where they face Spurs in the opening round of Champions League fixtures.
The German giants whimpered to a 0-0 draw away to Freiburg on Saturday, while injuries to Spanish defender Marc Bartra and club Captain Marcel Schmelzer piled on the misery for BVB.
According to The Evening Standard, experienced left-back Schmelzer will miss up to 7 weeks of football, while a muscular problem for 26 year old Bartra means he is also likely to miss out on Dortmund’s mid-week clash against Tottenham.
The club released a statement on the two injuries, explaining the details of the damage sustained as well as plausible return dates. Dortmund announced:
“BVB Captain Marcel Schmelzer suffered a partial tear to the lateral collateral ligament in his ankle on Saturday against SC Freiburg, and will likely be out injured for around six weeks.”
“Schmelzer was making his comeback on Saturday after a seven-week long enforced break due to just such an injury, before he was injured in the 27th minute by Freiburg player Ravet.”
“Marc Bartra, who likewise had to come off, has a muscular problem in his adductor area.”
Those associated with Tottenham Hotspur will take this as a massive boost to their chances of getting a positive result against Dortmund, as the two defenders would have been likely first-team starters at Wembley on Wednesday.
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