Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre expects Christian Pulisic to be unavailable ahead of today’s Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt due to a muscular injury
The 19-year-old winger was a no-show for the USA during the international break and didn’t feature in Dortmund’s goalless draw with against Hannover 96 a fortnight ago either.
“Christian Pulisic is making improvements in his recovery, but Friday will probably come too soon for him,” admitted Favre in a press conference.
The American youngster is widely regarded as one of the biggest young prospects in European football and caught the eye of Real Madrid over the summer.
Also out are Omer Toprak and Raphael Guerreiro.
Although goalkeeper Roman Burki has been declared fit to play after recovering from a thigh injury.
But Favre refused to confirm whether Barcelona loan signing Paco Alcacer will make his Dortmund debut.
“Paco likes to combine with his colleagues. He has a scoring threat and the intuition to position himself in dangerous areas. However, we have to integrate him step by step,” he said.
“We still have to find our best system and we have to learn which players work in which systems. That will be relevant when we begin to rotate.”
Dortmund are looking for their second victory of the 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign against Frankfurt following an opening day 4-1 win against RB Leipzig before the draw with Hannover.
“In the last season, Frankfurt played 5-3-2 and 3-4-3. Now they play 4-3-3, 4-4-2 under their new coach [Adi Hutter]. They are very dangerous. They play with one, two touches on the counter and use pressing,” Favre said.
The match between Dortmund and Frankfurt will take place at the Signal Iduna Park at 20:30 (GMT +2).