Borussia Dortmund manager Jϋrgen Klopp expects the star duo of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gϋndogan to feature heavily for the Black and Yellows over the next month having both recovered from lengthy injuries.
Klopp, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s must win Bundesliga game at home against league struggler's VfB Stuttgart broke the long awaited news that defender Hummels will be available for selection having recovered in time from a persistent ankle injury.
The 25-year-old, who was heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United during the summer transfer window, has missed Borussia Dortmund’s tough start to the season having relapsed whilst on World Cup with Germany.
Dortmund relieved to welcome back Hummels
Indeed, the world champion’s comeback will come as a relief to everyone involved with Borussia Dortmund with Klopp’s side hampered with injuries and suffering from low confidence having only picked up six points from an available 12 in their first four games of the new season.
With Klopp on Sunday having to break the news that midfielder, Henrik Mkhitaryan will be ruled out for the next six weeks having picked up an ankle injury in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to Mainz, Hummels’ return has been met by everyone involved with the club with mass euphoria.
Klopp hints at star's return
Despite suggesting that fellow defender Neven Subotic could miss the fixture against Stuttgart on Wednesday, Klopp has hinted that his captain could start from the off having impressed in training, but is unsure whether the 25-year-old will be fit to play the full 90 minutes.
He told Bild.de: “It is looking good for Mats. However, I cannot comment whether he will be involved for the entire 90 minutes.”
Although the 47-year-old manager looked thrilled to break the long awaited news about Hummels, Klopp quickly reverted to a stern impression when telling the media that Gϋndogan who has missed the last 13 months with a serious back injury will not play any part against the Swabians.
Gundogan suffers setback
Having missed the entirety of the 2013-14 Bundesliga season, it was originally hoped that the 23-year-old would have joined Hummels in making a highly welcomed return for Borussia Dortmund as they hope to go back to winning ways against the Reds.
However, the Germany international has suffered a setback in his highly anticipated return having picked up a muscular problem during training.
Despite this bad news, Klopp insists that neither the club nor Gϋndogan will be rushing the playmakers decision to return to action and will only make his comeback when he is fully fit and raring to go.
Klopp went on to say: “Currently, he has muscular problems. He will train until all parties have the feeling that the time is right. We can’t afford to make any rash decisions on this one.”