German footballing magazine Kicker claims that Emré Can's latest thigh injury looks to sideline the BVB midfielder/defender for much longer than initially reported.
The news increases pressure on Borussia Dortmund to obtain another defensive-minded player before the transfer market closes.
Speaking to reporters prior to kickoff against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the 2021/22 Bundesliga's third-round curtain-raiser on Friday night, Dortmund trainer Marco Rose downplayed a fresh injury that kept Emré Can out of the encounter. Rose spoke of an absence of "only a few days."
This, according to an article written on Saturday morning by Kicker magazine's Matthias Dersch, is false. The severity of the latest injury could actually keep the veteran on the sidelines for a period lasting several weeks. Given the personnel issues the squad currently has at the back, the timing could not be worse.
BVB bosses Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc are on record as saying that they did not believe the club necessary had to purchase another central defender in this summer's transfer market, even after Mats Hummels' persistent patella problems left the team very thin at the position.
The latest reports from the rumor mills indicate that die Schwatzgelben remain in the market for a defender; albeit not one with any experience playing as a center back. Manchester United's Diogo Dalot, with whom reports of links surfaced yesterday, is a fullback/flanker.
Sporting director Zorc hinted that there may be other deals in the works when speaking to German broadcaster DAZN on Friday.
"Let us surprise you with what what we'll do next," Zorc said.