Erik Durm will be out for another six weeks, as Borussia Dortmund report on their official website. The right-back had to undergo knee surgery on Wednesday having inflamed tissue removed.
With his return scheduled for mid-October, Durm’s absence will accumulate to three Months, making it unlikely for the 23-year-old to be in full form quickly after his return. It wouldn’t be an issue for BVB, if it wasn’t for Lukasz Piszczek’s constant injury worries. The Polish international has to deal with recurring problems with his hip and is again ruled out, as he picked up an adductor injury on national team duty.
Durm marks a useful squad player now missing for Thomas Tuchel, who will have to rely on Matthias Ginter in the coming weeks. Ginter has played 215 minutes in that position against offensively weak opposition. While scoring once and assisting thrice, it remains to be seen how Ginter fares when pressured by more prolific attacking lines.
Pascal Stenzel, Gonzalo Castro and Joo-ho Park might also be in consideration for the right-back position if need be, but depth will remain an issue.