Sunday, October 17, 2021

"Gotta see how it turns out" BVB: Haaland’s return is still unclear

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Erling Haaland has been absent from BVB for a few weeks. The injured Norwegian even traveled to Spain to recover optimally. But a comeback at the weekend is not yet certain.

At Borussia Dortmund, hope for the return of Erling Haaland rises before the Bundesliga match against FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday (from 3:30 p.m. in the live ticker at t-online). “He really wants to help, but we have to see how it goes,” said coach Marco Rose on Thursday.

Haaland (21) last fought for his fitness after a severe thigh contusion in Marbella, Spain. “We don’t have to fool around. We’ll accept what’s possible. If he’s not ready for the starting XI, he’ll go on the bench. If it’s not yet, we have to leave him out again,” said Rose.

Regardless of his exceptional Norwegian striker, BVB are plagued by considerable worries. Mahmoud Dahoud “will definitely fail”, reported Rose, the same applies to Belgian Thomas Meunier: “He has bigger problems with his toe.” Left-back Raphael Guerreiro and U21 national striker Youssoufa Moukoko will not be able to play either. With central defender Manuel Akanji at least things look “quite good”.

“We still have a few question marks,” said Rose: “But we’re trying to make a lot of exclamation marks out of it on Saturday.” Mats Hummels also complains of pain. “It would do him good to rest,” said Rose, “but we don’t have that.”

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