Sporting director Michael Zorc told Kicker, that Nuri Sahin will be out for another four to six weeks. It’s the knee injury, that kept the midfielder out since Dortmund’s 3-0 derby win over FC Schalke. Somewhat tragic for Sahin, who will carry his injury woes of the last season into the next, as he won’t be able to be part of the season preparations. Sahin only racked up 9 matches in the 2014/2015 season, taking a long time to recover from knee surgery only to succumb to enthesitis in three months later. He won’t only miss the first matches of BVB’s season, but he will also need a while to find his form, which is another good reason to extend Ilkay Gündogan’s deal.
Sahin will have a significant disadvantage entering the competition for the places in defensive midfield. As it stands Tuchel will have a plethora of options. Sven Bender, Oliver Kirch, Ilkay Gündogan, Matthias Ginter Gonzalo Castro, Moritz Leitner, Milos Jojic and Julian Weigl are currently on the roaster to play in central midfield. Though the club will look to offload Jojic and Leitner in this transfer period.