Borussia Dortmund have released their 25-man squad for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Friday.
The squad list doesn’t include three first-team players in Neven Subotic, Joo-Ho Park and Mikel Merino. The full list can be seen here.
Subotic, of course, is likely to miss the rest of the year following rib surgery and would not even still be at the club had he passed a medical at Middlesbrough. Park and Merino are buried on the depth chart and will find it tough to receive any significant playing time in the coming months.
One of the latter two could have made the squad had Dortmund not included Erik Durm. The full-back is fairly likely to miss the entire group stage following knee surgery and wasn’t needed to fit the criteria UEFA demand from all clubs, as he’s not among the four club-trained players and Dortmund already had enough association-trained players. The four club-trained players are Mario Götze, Felix Passlack Nuri Sahin and Marcel Schmelzer.
The Black and Yellows could also have included another healthy outfielder had they listed their third goalkeeper on the B-list of youth players. Seeing as Dominik Reimann is out for months after an injury he suffered on international duty with Germany’s under-19 team, however, head coach Thomas Tuchel presumably didn’t trust in any of the alternatives to Hendrik Bonmann, who’s too old to be on the secondary squad list.
Should the club advance to the round of 16, they can call up up to three new players for the knockout stages of the competition, even though those new players can’t have played in the Champions League for another club this season.
Dortmund will face Real Madrid, Sporting and Legia Warszawa in Group F, kicking off the competition away to the Polish champions on Wednesday, September 14.