Two stars jiggle, Reus fails

Of all things, with the district derby between Dortmund and Schalke, the Bundesliga starts on Saturday after the Corona break. BVB are worried about injuries. It gets tight with two key players.

Borussia Dortmund will resume play operations in the Bundesliga after a weekend of weak replacement. Of all places in the district derby scheduled for Saturday (3:30 p.m.) against FC Schalke 04, international Marco Reus, who has been out of action since the beginning of February, will be out of action. Axel Witsel and Emre Can also do not threaten to get fit in time.

“Marco is unfortunately not yet an issue for Saturday,” said the head of the BVB license player department, Sebastian Kehl, to the “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung” (WAZ) on Monday. “Otherwise we have a few battered players, but we will have to wait for the next few days.” The wobble candidates include Witsel and Can, who formed the midfield axis at BVB before the Corona break, but are now struggling with muscular problems.

BVB in hotel in quarantine

Borussia has been in the quarantine-like, one-week training camp required by the German Football League since Saturday evening. The team lives in the four-star Hotel l’Arriveè in Dortmund and travels from there to the training sessions on the training grounds in the Brackel district. “Everyone has breakfast in the hotel, then goes to Brackel for training and then returns.” The hotel is exclusively available to the second division of the Bundesliga, “and of course we continue to abide strictly by the rules,” said Kehl.

Since last Wednesday, Lucien Favre’s team has again been able to train in full contact. Nevertheless, the preparation time until the season continues is quite short, said Kehl. That was “not optimal from a footballing point of view, but every team will now have to struggle with these framework conditions.”

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