Ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash with SC Freiburg this coming Friday, the club's head coach Edin Terzić noted that mostly all previously missing players will be an available for the game barring the likes of Felix Nmecha and Sébastian Haller. Nmecha is still suffering from hip issues while Haller has just reached the final of AFCON with the Ivory Coast.
One of the topics many will have been interested to hear about is the status of Jadon Sancho and his previous injury. Sancho was not in the squad for Dortmund’s draw again Heidenheim as he was dealing with what was noted as an abductor injury. The player's return to the pitch is heavily anticipated as his absence was very much noted in Dortmund’s last game against Heidenheim, which saw Dortmund's creativity in the box take a substantial hit.
Edin Terzić broached the topic of Sancho directly, stating that he would be in team training today. This of course is a good sign as the player would be an important component to have with them on Friday to help make sure that the team can make up for the hiccup against Heidenheim.
Of course, Dortmund will likely proceed with caution even if Sancho is fit, particularly because making any injury worse or re-aggravating his abductor issues could see him end up having a much longer playoff, which would not be beneficial to any of the parties involved. Having not played routinely for Manchester United this season, it was expected that due to his time away from the pitch the player would have to be eased into playing full games again.
Sancho's recent injury proves just how delicate a balance it is for a player in his situation to get match fit and play the necessary minutes to do so without harming themselves in the process. This likely means that if he does make an appearance against Freiburg, his minutes will be strictly managed (and rightfully so).