Borussia Dortmund confirmed on Saturday that Marcel Schmelzer will be out for two weeks due to a torn muscle fibre.
More bad news for Dortmund as team captain Marcel Schmelzer is the latest to join the club’s ridiculously long injury list. The left-back picked up a muscle injury in Friday’s 1-1 draw against Hertha Berlin. He will miss BVB’s crucial UEFA Champions League away tie against Sporting on Tuesday, which means even more worries for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
As things stand, Joo-ho Park is Dortmund’s only healthy left-back with Portuguese international with Raphael Guerreiro also being sidelined due to a muscle injury. The Korean left-back, however, is not eligible for Europe’s most illustrious competition as he is not part of BVB’s Champions League squad that was released in September.
Poor judgement by Borussia Dortmund in hindsight, as the injured Erik Durm is part of the Champions League squad instead of Park. The fullback is expected to return in January after having inflamed tissue removed from his knee in August.
It remains to be seen who will cover the left-back position for the Ruhr side in the Estádio José Alvalade. Lukasz Piszczek might be a candidate, if he recovers from a knee injury that he picked on international duty in time. So is Felix Passlack, who played as left-back in Dortmund’s 3-0 home victory over Hamburg on Matchday 30 of the previous campaign.
Marc Bartra fit, Sokratis in running training
Marc Bartra is expected to return to Dortmund’s starting XI after making the bench against Hertha Berlin. “As things stand he’s in the squad, but there remains a risk after a long spell out and so few training sessions under his belt,” Tuchel on Thursday.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, meanwhile, who returned from the Greek national team with a pulled hamstring, did some light running on Saturday. Whether the centre-back steps on the plane to Lisbon on Sunday remains to be seen.