Sporting director Michael Zorc announced that Borussia Dortmund will have to make do without Marco Reus for Saturday’s game against Hoffenheim.
Just moments after scoring an equaliser for Dortmund in the first-half through a free-kick against Werder Breman in their last-16 DFB-Pokal clash, Reus was withdrawn with a thigh problem on Tuesday night.
Without their captain leading the attack, Dortmund eventually ended up losing 4-2 on penalties following a 3-3 draw with Werder.
BVB coach Lucien Favre had hoped Reus’ injury wouldn’t be too serious and refused to rule him out for Saturday.
But now Zorc has confirmed the bad news in a pre-match press conference held earlier today in Germany.
“Marco Reus suffered a muscle injury on Tuesday and will not be able to play,” said Zorc, according to FourFourTwo.
The 56-year-old, who was speaking to reporters in Favre’s place due to the coach being unwell, also gave fitness updates on Lukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer and Jadon Sancho.
“We hope that Lukasz Piszczek will be able to train today,” said Zorc.
“Jadon Sancho and Marcel Schmelzer already trained but they’re still weakened.
“We have to wait and see if they will make the starting line-up. It’s going to be a game-day decision.”
Hoffenheim currently sit 20 points behind leaders Dortmund in the Bundesliga table after 20 games.
Despite a strong start to the season, Julian Nagelsmann’s side have only managed a single win in their last nine league outings with seven of them ending in draws.
Zorc added: “Hoffenheim are a solid defensive team but also manage a smart offensive style of play.”
“They are physically strong and dangerous in the second half.”
The match at Signal Iduna Park will begin at 3:30 PM (CET) on Saturday, where Dortmund hope to claim victory and maintain their seven-point lead over Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich at the top of the table.
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