In his first full sit-down with members of the press, BVB trainer Edin Terzic commented on the state of his injured players.
A highly anticipated showdown with RB Leipzig is now less than two days away.
|Erling Haaland.||Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0|
Erling Haaland remained conspicuously absent from the the training pitch on Thursday. Contrary to the stated expectations of head-coach Edin Terzic, the Norwegian talisman wasn't able to give it a go after all.
Such news cannot help but be a grave cause for concern as the Westphalians prepare for a crucial league encounter against second-place Leipzig in their scramble to catch up in the race for the top-four. Terzic attempted to put the best spin on it as possible.
"We hope that he'll be pain free and serve as an option on Saturday," Terzic remarked rather tersely.
Chances of this happening may be considered low if Haaland is unable to join the squad's final training session on Friday. The 20-year-old hasn't so much as practiced with the ball since suffering a contusive knock in the round 31 victory over Wolfsburg.
Haaland cheered his team's five goals against Holstein Kiel in the DFB-Pokal semi-finals from the stands last Saturday. The scorer of two of those tallies, Giovanni Reyna, was back in action on Thursday. It would appear that the young Amercian phenom will be available for selection on Saturday.
"He was very confident," Terzic reported after Thursday's session.
Given access to both Terzic and club sporting director Michael Zorc, journalists had the oppurtunity to obtain updates on the horror-injury fullback Mateu Morey suffered during Saturday's Pokal win.
Terzic once again appeared downcast as he delivered the bad news. Having already undergone one relatively major surgery, the young Spaniard is scheduled for a separate procedure to address his nasty ACL tear. The talented right-back looks to absent for a very long time.
"In a strict numerical sense, we have four players for two positions as of July 1st," Zorc noted in a response to a question about Morey's future, "On the right, Felix Passlack and Thomas Meunier. On the left, Nico Schulz and Raphaël Guerreiro. We're thinking about it, but this isn't the time to speculate."
|35||Marwin Hitz ↩46|
|8||Mahmoud Dahoud ↩60|
|32||Giovanni Reyna ↩82|
|11||Marco Reus (C) ⚽|
|7||Jadon Sancho ⚽⚽|
|10||Thorgan Hazard ↩72|
|1||Roman Bürki ↪46|
|36||Ansgar Knauff ↪82|
|6||Thomas Delaney ↪60|
|19||Julian Brandt ↪72|
|16||Lukas Klostermann ⚽ ↩82|
|44||Kevin Kampl ↩75|
|39||Benjamin Henrichs ↩64|
|25||Daniel Olmo ⚽|
|7||Marcel Sabitzer (C)|
|10||Emil Forsberg ↩64|
|21||Justin Kluivert ↪64|
|22||Nordi Mukiele ↪64|
|23||Marcel Halstenberg ↪82|
|8||Amadou Haidara ↪74|
|27||Konrad Laimer ↪75|