UPDATE from the Black and Yellow Sickbay
Only a few days ago I spoke about the critical situation that Borussia Dortmund has to face, due to many injuries. Back then I didn't know that it would even get worser within a few hours. While I speculated on Sven Bender turning downing Joachim Löw, Marco Reus as well as Jonas Hofmann also had to cancel their call-ups. The way things are at the moment, nine players are not able to participate in BVB training sessions. Nevertheless, skipper Sebastian Kehl still comforts the squad: "Today it has been the topic of the day within the locker room and the atmosphere wasn't that effusive," Kehl said on Tuesday. "That's bad luck but the situation isn't that dramatic. The guys got some problems, but I'm convinced that these problems will ease until the match against Hannover 96."
Due to this massive injury crisis, we are offering you a small roundup of the injuries and when certain players are (possibly) about to return to squad training.
The German-Turkish playmaker suffers from an overstressed lumbar vertebra, according to sports director Michael Zorc he is only making slow progress. Nevertheless an absence for the whole first half of the season has not been confirmed yet by the club. His return is still unpredictable.
The Polish international underwent a planned surgery during summer break to get a grip on his ongoing hip problems, that accompanied him through the whole last campaign. Only a few weeks ago Piszczek was able to start running and is on schedule. If it is going well for him, Lukasz will be able to participate in winter training camp.
Our skipper Sebastian Kehl is slowly getting over an ankle injury. "I'm probably back in two or three weeks," he said yesterday. The end of October is a reasonable date of return.
Thinker and driver of BVB's machine Nuri Sahin suffers from an ankle injury as well. "I promise every BVB supporter that I'm doing everything I can, to return to the pitch as fast as possible," Nuri said a few days ago. If everything is going well, we will see him back in Westfalenstadion by the end of October at the latest.
He is a candidate that could return into the squad right before the home match against Hannover 96 in ten days. Suffering from a torn muscle fiber, "Schmelle" started running yesterday.
As well as many other players of BVB, Marco Reus injured his ankle and had to cancel his call-up for the international matches against Ireland and Sweden. He will be out for two weeks, a return until the home match against 96 is possible.
The young midfielder suffers from a tendinitis in his left hollow of the knee. As well as Marcel Schmelzer and Marco Reus, a return on the weekend after next should be manageable.
Suffers from a calf muscle strain in the lower back (lumbar vertebra) and will be missing for 10 days. Return against 96 still possible.
Strained muscle at the adductors, most likely back against Hannover.