B-V-Briefing: Two important wins and a tough road ahead

Another weekly roundup of all things Borussia Dortmund: BVB recorded wins in the UEFA Champions League and the Bundesliga, but there's still work to be done.

Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt - Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt - Bundesliga / Leon Kuegeler/GettyImages
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Perhaps the biggest news out of German football this week was the omission of key Borussia Dortmund players from Julian Naglesman’s squad for the upcoming international break.

Niclas Füllkrug was the sole German player called up, leaving the likes of Julian Brandt, Nico Schlotterbeck, Mats Hummels, Niklas Süle, Karim Adeyemi and more off the roster. This may be something of a wake-up call to several players who wish to be selected for the Euros this summer, but the omissions could benefit Borussia Dortmund’s current season as many key players will continue to train with the club over the next two weeks. This should act as motivation as well, helping these players find their top form again.

It was announced just before the match against Frankfurt, that Gregor Kobel had picked up a knock and was unable to play. Reports suggest the injury is minor so fans shouldn’t worry. Julian Ryerson has continued to be out with a skin problem but is expected back in training after a few days. Sebastien Haller remains sidelined with the ankle injury he sustained in the Africa Cup of Nations final. He’s not expected back for another month.