Top scorer Robert Lewandowski suffered injury in Poland’s 3-2 World Cup Qualifying win over Montenegro last night, being substituted four minutes into stoppage time. Lewandowski (9.2), who scored a pair of well-taken goals in the match, was chasing a through-ball when he pulled up in agony.
The Polish medical staff’s initial report confirms a tear of the right calf muscle, but he will be fully assessed by BVB doctors. The 25 year-old leads Dortmund’s scoring charts with seven goals in nine games for the club. Dortmund aren’t expecting the player to be fully-fit until February and may well dip into the transfer kitty come the new year.
Ten other BVB players turned out for their countries last night and Asst.Manager Zeljko Buvac compiled his usual report of how they all performed on international duty:
Marco Reus and Mats Hummels both played in Germany’s 3-2 win over Sweden that sees them progress to the World Cup. Reus (7.5) scored the opener after inside three minutes before making way after 77 minutes, while Hummels (7.5) played the full match.
Towering centre-back Neven Subotic put in a fantastic performance (8.2) as Serbia beat Wales 2-1. Ivan Perisic was a second-half substitute for Croatia in their 2-1 win over Belgium, but didn’t have enough time to create too much (6.7). Kostas Katsouranis (6.8) won his 104th cap for Greece coming on as a half-time substitute in their 1-1 draw with Lithuania.
In the Under-21s, Moritz Leitner (5.9) couldn’t prevent Germany slumping to a 3-0 defeat by Northern Ireland in their qualifying match for next summer’s European Championships, while Dennis Praet (6.9) created the winner in Belgium’s 1-0 friendly win over Kuwait. Viktor Fischer had a disappointing game as Denmark lost 2-0 to Japan. Mustafa Amini played well (7.0) for Australia’s U21s in their 1-0 win over Croatia.
Meanwhile, Ogün Gümüstas has played parts in both of Turkey’s UEFA Under-19 Championship Qualifiers this week, playing an hour (6.5) in the 1-0 win over Belarus on Wednesday, and coming on for the last 20 minutes (6.3) in last night’s 2-1 defeat by Slovenia. A win against Ireland on Sunday will see them through.