Mateu Morey makes first competitive appearance in 468 days

Mateu Morey. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
Mateu Morey. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images) /

Mateu Morey made his first competitive appearance in 468 days on Saturday, as he helped the Borussia Dortmund U-23s beat Rot-Weiss Essen in the 3. Liga.

After spending more than one year on the sidelines, Mateu Morey finally made his return to competitive action on Saturday. The talented right-back played 45 minutes for the Borussia Dortmund U-23s in the 3. Liga, as they claimed a 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen at the Signal Iduna Park.

Morey suffered a serious knee injury during Borussia Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal tie against Holstein Kiel in May 2021. After two surgeries and months of rehab, he is now working his way back towards making his first-team comeback.

The 22 year old trained with the first-team during pre-season and also featured in Borussia Dortmund’s friendly match against Antalyaspor last month. And with his appearance against Rot-Weiss Essen on Saturday, he took the next big step in his bid to get back to full fitness.

Edin Terzic said earlier this week that they want to take a cautious approach with Morey’s fitness in order to prevent the risk of further injuries. He also hinted that the Spaniard could get some playing time for the first-team in the coming weeks.

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Borussia Dortmund U-23s enjoyed their first win of the new season on Saturday, as they beat Rot-Weiss Essen 1-0. Bradley Fink scored the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute, giving Christian Preußer his first win as BVB II head coach. The young Black and Yellows are currently 13th in the 3. Liga standings, with four points to their name after four games.