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Freiburg V. Grifo (6), R. Sallai (53)
Schwarzwald-Stadion2-1Attendance: 10.100
Dortmund Y. Keitel (59)

BVB injury updates: Returnees Brandt and Meunier integrated slowly, Hazard remains out for weekend

By Peter Vice

After a corona-induced break, Julian Brandt and Thomas Meunier returned to the Dortmund training pitch on Wednesday afternoon. The decision on whether the club plans on taking the duo with them for Saturday's away will be made tomorrow. 

As reported by the local paper, Ruhr Nachrichten, Thorgan Hazard remains a definite scratch. The winger will not return to training until next week. 

Thorgan Hazard.
Thorgan Hazard.Photo: Borussia Dortmund

Julian Brandt and Thomas Meunier engaged in only light individual training exercises in their first sessions back on the pitch yesterday. The two players most recently affected by COVID should partake in more integrated training today and tomorrow.

BVB boss Sebastian Kehl nevertheless told the local Ruhr Nachrichten that no decision about potentially taking either player with the team to Freiburg would be made until the squad prepares to board the bus tomorrow.

"It will be decided on Friday to what extent it makes sense to take them with us to Freiburg or have them continue to work in Dortmund," Kehl told the newspaper.

According to German footballing magazine Kicker, Meunier's case of COVID was actually a rather symptomatic one. His use is thus rather unlikely.

Both Kicker and Ruhr Nachrichten confirm that Thorgan Hazard will continue to be unavailable for the weekend league encounter. The 28-year-old has not returned to the training pitch yet and sources close to the club report that the medical staff aren't prepared to test his ankle problems until next week at the earliest.

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7Jonathan Schmid
3Philipp Lienhart
4Nico Schlotterbeck
30Christian Günter (C)
22Roland Sallai ↩71
14Yannik Keitel ↩86
27Nicolas Höfler
32Vincenzo Grifo ↩84
29Jeong Woo-Yeong ↩71
9Lucas Höler ↩71
1Benjamin Uphoff
11Ermedin Demirović ↪71
20Kevin Schade ↪71
33Noah Weißhaupt
17Lukas Kübler ↪84
23Dominique Heintz
31Keven Schlotterbeck
8Maximilian Eggestein ↪86
19Janik Haberer ↪71
1Gregor Kobel
30Felix Passlack ↩79
28Axel Witsel ↩79
16Manuel Akanji
14Nico Schulz ↩38
22Jude Bellingham
8Mahmoud Dahoud
7Giovanni Reyna ↩70
11Marco Reus (C)
21Donyell Malen ↩79
9Erling Håland
35Marwin Hitz
18Youssoufa Moukoko ↪79
13Raphaël Guerreiro ↪38
15Mats Hummels ↪79
6Thomas Delaney
19Julian Brandt ↪70
23Emre Can ↪79
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