Marco Rose on Borussia Dortmund’s lengthy injury list: “Little by little, the boys are coming back”

Marco Rose (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Marco Rose (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Rose talked about his team’s lengthy injury list in the press conference leading up to their clash with Mainz.

According to Rose, “little by little”, Borussia Dortmund’s injured players are coming back to full health. While Mainz may be too soon for some, Rose was adamant that everyone is working hard to get back to full fitness. We’ve already heard from Sebastian Kehl who said that he has high hopes that Erling Haaland will be fit to face Mainz, which is immense news for Die Schwarzgelben. Mainz aren’t a team that they should theoretically need Haaland for, but Bo Svenson’s side has been punching well above their weight for some time now, making them a potentially tricky opponent. Marco Rose had nothing but good things to say about Svensson, stating that:

Bo (Svensson) is doing an excellent job…[they are] incredibly stable in defense, really good without the ball and incredibly unpleasant. With the ball, they counter quickly. They have physically strong strikers who can cause you problems. They don’t need many chances to score goals. The first and second ball is always an issue and plus they have a couple of excellent players with them in midfield.”

Rose also talked about players in particular who have been injured in the long term, particularly the likes of Mateu Morey and Dan-Axel Zagadou. The prognosis for Morey is looking positive according to Rose, with the player revealing earlier this week that he is back on the pitch and running again. Rose was also very optimistic with regards to Zagadou, stating that he has taken part in a full week of training with the squad. Rose is looking forward to having him available for selection.

Rose also touched upon whether or not he was frustrated with the amount of injuries Borussia Dortmund have incurred over the start of the season, to which he said no. Rose alluded to the fact that squad depth has kept that frustration at bay:

Of course, as a coach, you like to have a full squad, to have the best eleven on the pitch. The good thing is that we don’t have eleven best players, but 15 or 16. Now Rapha is out, but we have Nico Schulz. If he were to drop out now, then we would have a problem. Of course, we worry about where that comes from. There are no injuries where we think we have made mistakes in the load management or anything.”

Interestingly enough, Marco Rose pointed to national teams as “the only screw” in this whole injury situation that needs to be turned and worked out more seamlessly. He was quick to say that he wouldn’t tell national team coaches how they should train their charges, but players often go into the international break tired. He stated that while communication with most of the national FAs is good, there is always room for improvement.

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Overall, it’s been pretty clear to most fans that the international break is often a harbinger of injuries. I can certainly agree with Rose in saying that better communication between the FAs and respective clubs could lead to less time on the sidelines for players who travel to be with their national team only to re-aggravate injuries that they had recently recovered from.