Goalkeeper Pierre Kleinheider has had his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund terminated this morning following an “incident” at the club’s training ground, which warranted disciplinary action from the BVB management. No further statement has been issued regarding the player, who has immediately returned to his parent club FSV Frankfurt.
Kleinheider was on a season-long loan at Dortmund as cover for Australian international Mitchell Langerak, but hadn’t made a first-team appearance. Kleinheider played numerous times for the Under-23 side, including yesterday’s 0-2 defeat at Heidenheim II.
This leaves BVB in a situation where they only have one registered, fit goalkeeper – Langerak – due to first-choice Roman Weidenfeller being unavailable with a virus. Langerak recently issued a transfer request due to a lack of first team starts, though he has started 4 of the last 7 and will likely remain in the starting XI for the visit of Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening.
The news comes ahead of the club submitting their 25-man squad list for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, which begins in a fortnight’s time. The only change has been the inclusion of midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski replacing Kleinheider.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND, UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SQUAD
1. Roman Weidenfeller
20. Mitchell Langerak
2. Andreas Beck
3. Marcel Schmelzer
4. Neven Subotic
5. Mats Hummels
14. Taye Taiwo
15. Felipe Santana
16. Lasse Sobiech
17. Marc Hornschuh
22. Julian Koch
6. Sven Bender
8. Ilkay Gündogan
10. Mario Götze
11. Marco Reus
18. Moritz Leitner
19. Kevin Großkreutz
24. Ivan Perisic
26. Dennis Praet
28. Kostas Katsouranis
30. Jakub Blaszczykowski
7. Viktor Fischer
9. Robert Lewandowski
21. Daniel Ginczek
23. Julian Schieber
Dortmund II drew 1-1 with FC København’s reserve side in a friendly in front of 404 fans at Stadion Rote Erde this afternoon, with Pierre Kleinheider making his first appearance in a BVB shirt in his season-long loan from FSV Frankfurt.
Julian Koch, who also played 45 minutes in the senior side’s 3-0 win at Lotte yesterday, opened the scoring with a thunderbolt from 25 yards. Lasse Sobiech, Marc Hornschuh, and Leonardo Bittencourt also also played the first half to improve their match fitness.
Marco Reus will miss three weeks of training after he pulled up midway through the first half in yesterday’s senior friendly at Sportfreunde Lotte. While his hamstring injury isn’t as serious as originally suspected, the 24 year-old is likely to sit out the pre-season British tour.
CONCACAF Gold Cup:
The twelfth Gold Cup is underway in the United States, with today’s two matches featuring eight goals and a shock result as minnows Curaçao stunning Panama with a 3-2 win. Costa Rica beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 in the other group A match. Group B plays tomorrow and features Canada, holders Mexico, United States, and St. Vincent.
Group C is made up of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica. The final will be held on 28 July.
- FSV Frankfurt’s goalkeeper Pierre Kleinheider has agreed to move to Dortmund on a season-long, non-fee paying loan. Kleinheider will act as cover for Langerak while the Australian is at the East Asian Cup this summer, and will be Dortmund II’s first choice between the posts until the senior squad requires his services. Kleinheider will wear squad number 21.
- Mustafa Amini is heading to Union Berlin for the season, after the club made an offer on Monday (reported here). BVB will be able to recall the player during the course of the loan deal, for which Union Berlin are paying £5,000 per month (and a contribution towards the player’s wages).
BVB look set to miss out on AC Milan left-back Taye Taiwo though. Milan had accepted a £2.3m offer from Werder Bremen for the Nigerian’s services, though Borussia Dortmund and Milan eventually agreed on a £1.8m plus future sell-on deal.
Taiwo’s wage demands were high though, seeking a deal worth nearly £70,000 per week once bonuses were taken into account. It remains to be seen whether GS will be happy for his Dortmund side to break his strict wage budget for a rotation player. Taiwo spent last season on loan at Dynamo Kyiv, making 25 appearances and creating two assists.