Dortmund - RB Leipzig

Germany: Bundesliga
Dortmund M. Reus (7), J. Sancho (51), J. Sancho (87)
RB Leipzig L. Klostermann (63), Daniel Olmo (77)

Top match injury updates: Haaland set to miss Saturday, Leipzig proceed without Adams and Nkunku

By Peter Vice

An absolute can't miss Bundesliga match is only a few hours away. As 5th place Dortmund and 2nd place Leipzig prepare for a crucial clash, it looks all but certain that Edin Terzic will have to make-do without his talismanic lead striker.

As revealed earlier in the week, Leipzig have a two missing actors as well.  

Erling Haaland.
Erling Haaland.

Quite a few eyes across the Bundesrepublik were focused on the Dortmund training pitch on Friday afternoon. As the last session before an absolute must-win wrapped up, Erling Haaland once again failed to appear.

Though it it isn't necessarily impossible that the Norwegian won't at least be given clearance at least to begin the match on the bench, it remains highly improbable. To force the 20-year-old into full match action without even basic training prep would risk further injury.

Haaland may be replaced by Thorgan Hazard in a pseudo-false-nine role, as was the case against Kiel in last Saturday's Pokal rout. With both Ansgar Knauff and Youssoufa Moukoko out, the only other practiced center-froward Terzic has at his disposal is Steffen Tigges.

Julian Nagelsmann's choice of striker, to no one's surprise, will be anyone's guess. Earlier in the week it was revealed, that both midfielder Tyler Adams and attacker Christopher Nkunku would have to sit the fixture out injured.

Nagelsmann hinted at a possible start for Hee-Chan Hwang at a Thursday presser. Emil Forsberg could be used as a false-nine again. Alexander Sørtloth or Yussuf Poulsen might begin deployed together or alone up top.

35Marwin Hitz ↩46
26Łukasz Piszczek
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels
13Raphaël Guerreiro
23Emre Can
8Mahmoud Dahoud ↩60
32Giovanni Reyna ↩82
11Marco Reus (C)
7Jadon Sancho
10Thorgan Hazard ↩72
1Roman Bürki ↪46
27Steffen Tigges
36Ansgar Knauff ↪82
14Nico Schulz
6Thomas Delaney ↪60
19Julian Brandt ↪72
24Thomas Meunier
30Felix Passlack
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
16Lukas Klostermann ↩82
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
4Willi Orban
44Kevin Kampl ↩75
39Benjamin Henrichs ↩64
25Daniel Olmo
7Marcel Sabitzer (C)
3Angeliño ↩74
11Hwang Hee-Chan
10Emil Forsberg ↩64
33Josep Martínez
9Yussuf Poulsen
19Alexander Sørloth
21Justin Kluivert ↪64
6Ibrahima Konaté
22Nordi Mukiele ↪64
23Marcel Halstenberg ↪82
8Amadou Haidara ↪74
27Konrad Laimer ↪75

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