Borussia Dortmund's Felix Nmecha set to return to team training early next week

Borussia Dortmund's Felix Nmecha looks set to return to team training this coming week, per head coach Edin Terzić.
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In the lead up to Borussia Dortmund's home game with Hoffenheim this weekend, head coach Edin Terzić revealed that it is very likely that long time absentee Felix Nmecha will return to team training starting this coming week. The German international has been absent from the squad since November, and has missed a total of 17 games for Die Schwarzgelben in the process.

Nmecha's absence over this period of time has been due to an ongoing hip issue first reported back in November when the player withdrew from international duty. Since then, Terzić has provided periodic updates on the status of said injury and Nmecha's efforts to return to full fitness. Terzić has praised his player, indicating that he has worked very hard to get to this point.

Nmecha's return from injury will be a boost for Dortmund who've seen their midfield struggle in recent games. Nmecha would certainly add to Dortmund's depth and options in the center of the park and would allow Terzić to try something new in the hopes of possibly reviving the team's form going into March.

Having signed from VFL Wolfsburg this past summer, Nmecha has made 15 appearances for Dortmund, scoring once and asissting twice in the process. His most impressive performances came in the Champions League, particularly in the ties against Newcastle United, where he played an important role in making sure Dortmund won both encounters.

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Getting back to training will be important for Nmecha as his limited time on the pitch has far from allowed him to assert himself as the pivotal player Dortmund hoped he would be when he was signed this past summer for 30-35 million euros. The player will certainly be eager to get back on the pitch to prove to Terzić and the club that he can live up to the expectations they have for him.