England youth worldwide Jadon Sancho would possibly revenue from Borussia Dortmund’s damage woes, based on sporting director Michael Zorc, who has for now dominated out reinforcing the membership’s assault in January.
Winger Maximilian Philipp and midfielder Gonzalo Castro each joined Dortmund’s record of accidents after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, which incorporates gamers similar to Marco Reus and Mario Gotze, who’ve already been sidelined for the remainder of the yr.
Castro was dominated out “for a number of weeks with a tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his ankle” on Monday, whereas Philipp shall be out for “a number of months” after struggling a “extreme knee damage together with the kneecap” after twisting his knee early on within the match on the Bay-Enviornment.
However whereas Dortmund’s damage woes proceed, sporting director Zorc has mentioned he trusts the present squad has sufficient attacking energy to get the membership again on observe amid a poor run of outcomes.
“We nonetheless have a number of attacking gamers in Christian Pulisic, Andriy Yarmolenko, Andre Schurrle and Jadon Sancho, who would possibly get nearer to the beginning formation by means of [Philipp’s] damage,” Zorc informed Reviersport. “And we hope that with Marco Reus the whole lot will go based on plan.”
Sancho joined Dortmund from Manchester Metropolis in the course of the remaining days of this summer time’s switch window, and the 17-year-old has thus far been restricted to only two temporary appearances as an alternative in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich.
Germany worldwide Reus sustained a knee damage within the DFB Pokal remaining in Might and isn’t anticipated to return to motion earlier than late February.
Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, in the meantime, has urged his teammates to play with extra physicality as they put together for his or her remaining Champions League match of the season at Actual Madrid on Wednesday.
Dortmund have already been eradicated from the competitors after struggling three defeats in opposition to Tottenham and Madrid and solely managing two 1-1 attracts with Apoel Nicosia.
They’ve gained only one match, a 5-Zero DFB Pokal win at third-tier membership Magdeburg, since September and have dropped to sixth within the Bundesliga standings.
“We’re not generally known as probably the most bodily workforce within the Bundesliga. We must always get to work on it,” the centre-back, who performed solely his second match of the season at Leverkusen, mentioned.
In opposition to Leverkusen, Dortmund gained solely 40 % of their one-on-one duels, and Subotic mentioned: “We must be there in these duels.”
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @uersfeld.