Big news coming out of Signal Iduna Park set to ruin manager Gray Surman’s birthday today is that both Marco Reus and Dennis Praet will both miss over a month of football following the weekend’s matches against VfL Wolfsburg’s first and reserve teams.
Marco Reus was stretchered off after half an hour against Wolfsburg on Saturday, while new signing Praet made-way at half-time in the U23 friendly on Sunday suffering some discomfort.
The medical staff have confirmed that Marco Reus has a sprained ankle and advise that a return to being fit enough to train will take a month or so, with the club physio staff looking after his progress.
Dennis Praet has only played 45 minutes for the club after his £3m move from Anderlecht, making his first appearance in a BVB shirt for the U23s at Wolfsburg II on Sunday.
Praet was replaced at half-time by fellow new-arrival Kostas Katsouranis and complained of some discomfort. After secondary scans, the medical staff discovered a hernia. It’s believed surgery won’t be necessary at this stage, but Praet will be sidelined for five weeks.
Both players therefore look to miss at least five Bundesliga matches and at least one, if not two, of the club’s forthcoming Champions League group games.
BVB’s Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting has notified the senior squad management that Osman Varol, Josef Bungert and Daniel Ginczek have all rejected contract extension proposals made to them by the club over the weekend. Kersting will continue negotiations.
The following new individual training programmes have been devised for members of the club’s adult squads: Koray Günter (positioning) and Kostas Katsouranis (playing centrally).
U23 Assistant Manager Edin Terzic has suggested that Koray Günter be made available for loan to experience first-team football, and has been offered to clubs on that basis. Likewise, Leonardo Bittencourt has spoken out about his desire to leave the club on a temporary basis to gain vital first-team experience.
Following a chat with First Team Manager Grayson Surman, Bittencourt is deciding upon a season-long move to feeder club SV Sandhausen, who play in 2-Bundesliga.
Andrey Kobelev has been fired by the Krylja Sovetov board after the club lost their fifth of six Russian Premier League matches so far this season, a 0-5 home drubbing by Anji.
Reports suggest that German national manager Joachim Löw was seen at the Wolfsburg-Dortmund Bundesliga match on Saturday ahead of announcing his next international squad. Andreas Beck and Marcel Schmelzer are being touted for international call-ups alongside regulars Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gündogan, Sven Bender, and Mario Götze.