Borussia Dortmund star striker Erling Braut Haaland is sidelined with a leg injury until January.© AFP
Borussia Dortmund star striker Erling Braut Haaland is sidelined with a leg injury until January, but defender Mats Hummels has said his ankle injury isn’t as naughty as first feared. Haaland, 20, has claimed 17 goals in 13 games this season, including six in four Champions League games as the competition’s joint top-scorer. Alternatively, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has confirmed he “may not play again until January” with a torn leg muscle. “That hurts us, but possibly he has played a little too much recently,” Favre added.
The Norway international missed Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Lazio, which put Dortmund through to the final 16 of the Champions League.
A win at Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday will confirm Dortmund as Group F winners.
Hummels needed to be helped off the pitch in lucid misery after Lazio goal-scorer Ciro Motionless trod on his ankle late in Wednesday’s game.
Alternatively, Dortmund’s chief defender said the injury isn’t serious as first feared.
“I’m just back from hospital. It looks adore it’s not so naughty and could be good again in a couple of days,” Hummels posted on Instagram.
Dortmund, who are fourth in the Bundesliga, currently have a variety of walking wounded as England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 17, limped off after the Lazio game.
Defender Thomas Meunier and midfielder Emre Can had already been ruled out with knocks.
“A couple of players are on their final legs,” admitted sports director Michael Zorc with one eye on Saturday’s league match at Eintracht Frankfurt.
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