Gregor Kobel could reportedly be forced to miss Borussia Dortmund’s opening game of the season after picking up a muscle injury during the friendly against Manchester United.
Borussia Dortmund’s injury list is continuing to grow ahead of the start of the new season. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Gregor Kobel picked up a muscle injury during Sunday’s pre-season friendly match against Manchester United in Las Vegas and was forced to come off as a result.
The newspaper claims that Kobel will now miss Borussia Dortmund’s two remaining pre-season friendlies against Chelsea and Ajax. And he is also a doubt for BVB’s DFB-Pokal first round tie against TSV Schott Mainz on August 12.
After initial tests, the Black and Yellows are expecting a downtime of around 7-10 days. So the 25 year old should be fit in time for the Bundesliga matchday one clash against FC Köln on August 19. Second-choice goalkeeper Alexander Meyer will likely start between the sticks if Kobel is forced to miss any games.
Borussia Dortmund have been struck by the injury bug in recent weeks, with Nico Schlotterbeck and Julien Duranville both facing time on the sidelines after being forced off against San Diego Loyal.
Thomas Meunier also suffered a muscle injury against Manchester United. And although a final diagnosis is not yet available, it looks like he will be out for a few weeks. In addition, Felix Nmecha, Gio Reyna, Mateu Morey, and Soumaïla Coulibaly are also recovering from their respective injuries at the moment.
Edin Terzic will certainly be hoping that the majority of the players can return to full fitness in time for the start of the new season.