Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder Felix Nmecha’s situation remains uncertain ahead of the club’s game against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In the lead up to the next round of Bundesliga fixtures, Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzić will have some thinking to do in terms of what personnel he will feature in his starting eleven against Borussia Mönchengladbach this coming Saturday. In particular, it will be curious to see how he constructs Dortmund’s midfield, as Felix Nmecha’s situation still seems rather uncertain going into the fixture.
According to Ruhr Nachrichten, the Germany international was seen leaving the club’s grounds before training began. Ahead of the international break, Nmecha pulled out of Germany’s international fixtures due to hip issues, which deemed it impossible for him to feature for the national team.
Dortmund are going into a very difficult run ahead of the winter break where they will have to face some of their toughest opposition yet this season, namely the likes of an in form Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig in the league, with a rematch against VFB Stuttgart set in stone for the next round of the DFB Pokal. In the Champions League, Dortmund still have to face AC Milan at home and host Paris Saint-Germain.
With such a tough list of fixtures ahead, any and every injury or health-related layoff will be costly for Edin Terzić and Dortmund. As we’ve seen with their last encounter with VFB Stuttgart, Dortmund without rotation looks to be a depleted side, and considering how many fixtures lay ahead of them, they will need all hands on deck.
As we wait to see what players Edin Terzić will feature in midfield for the game against Gladbach, one can infer that a midfield trio of Julian Brandt, Marcel Sabitzer and Salih Özcan will be the preferred trio based on recent form. Sabitzer in particular has had a fruitful international break, scoring against Germany in an international friendly and putting in a solid shift across the pitch in that performance as well. With so many players, including Sabitzer, doing well over the course of this winter break the hope will be that all of Dortmund’s internationals will come back confident and hungry to prove themselves in the league and bounce back from the Stuttgart debacle.