Sven Bender will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken collarbone in Saturday’s title-clinching win over Mainz on Saurday. The midfielder scored his first of the season to open the scoring, and was awarded the man-of-the-match before he was stretchered off in the final minute.
Bender, 26, was playing in his 150th 1.Bundesliga match for Borussia Dortmund and was highly-praised by his boss for his performances for the season, but will now be out of action for up top two months missing the final league game at Hoffenheim, and the DFB-Pokal Final against Schalke on 23 May.
Julian Koch is also doubtful for those two games after he picked-up a thigh strain in Saturday’s match. He’ll miss the Hoffenheim trip, and was likely to anyway as manager Surman promised rotation, but will battle for fitness ahead of the match in Berlin against Schalke.
Club coach Bernd Dreher is celebrating being awarded his UEFA ‘A’ Licence this week. He was noted for his professionalism during the course, and can now proceed to take his Pro Licence which would allow a permanent top-flight managerial role in Europe.