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By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

BVB provides updates: Hummels injury not serious, Delaney ruled out

Dortmund confirmed on Thursday that the latest injury incurred by talismanic defensive captain Mats Hummels was likely not serious enough to keep him out of this weekend's encounter. 

At the same time, the club announced that midfielder Thomas Delaney would not be available after throwing out his back against Lazio.

Any further hints about whether Youssoufa Moukoko might be asked to directly deputize for the injured Erling Haaland will have to wait. 
Germany's Schwarzgelben breathe a collective sigh of relief upon learning that their injury problems have not become exponentially worse overnight. Defender Mats Hummels quickly communicated via his instagram feed that the stomp Ciro Immobile delivered to his foot late in the Lazio match wasn't serious enough to sideline him.

The club confirmed on Thursday that Hummels, who left the pitch during injury time of the UCL match supported by two coaches, merely had a bruise. Hummels' participation in the weekend's clash with Frankfurt remains a "game-day decision".

Another BVB announcement communicated that midfielder Thomas Delaney will not be available for selection on Saturday. The 29-year-old Danish international is listed as "out" with back problems.

All will be tuned into head coach Lucien Favre's next presser quite rapturously. The long-term loss of Erling Haaland raises the question as to whether Youssoufa Moukoko might already be thrust into the fray as the BVB's lead-striker.

Favre used Gionvanni Reyna as a false-nine in his first match without Haaland. Naturally, there exist a myriad of other strategic options Favre may use instead of simply plugging the 16-year-old into the Norwegian phenom's place.

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