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Dortmunds Hummels injury doubt for Bayern clash

20 Nov 2013 10:16:58

Dortmunds Hummels injury doubt for Bayern clash

Borussia Dortmund are waiting on the fitness of Mats Hummels for Saturday's key Bundesliga showdown with Bayern Munich after he limped out of Germany's 1-0 friendly win over England.

Having come on as a second-half replacement at Wembley, centre-back Hummels lasted just 20 minutes on Tuesday, four days before the top of the table clash against European champions Bayern at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion.

"He twisted his ankle after a header. We haven't had an exact diagnosis and I hope that it isn't bad," said Germany coach Joachim Loew.

With European champions Bayern four points clear in the league, Dortmund are already without Hummel's centre-back partner Neven Subotic, who is out for at least six months with a knee injury.

Subotic's possible replacement, ex-Germany defender Manuel Friedrich, 34, who was released by Bayer Leverkusen at the end of last season, picked up an injury in a practice match on trial with Dortmund on Tuesday, according to German daily Bild.

Borussia coach Jurgen Klopp is also waiting on the fitness of left-back Marcel Schmelzer, who played the first-half against England.

"He had a problem with his calf, his substitution was a precautionary measure," said Loew.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was also presented with an injury concern from the England-Germany match as centre-back Jerome Boateng was also taken off after halftime, due to a minor heel injury, "we didn't want to take a risk with him," added Loew.


AFP

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