The Belgium international was injured and had to bail out during the first half of Edin Terzic’s 3-1 win against RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Axel Witsel will skip the rest of the season
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will be out for a “long time,” the club confirmed on Sunday. The Belgium international was injured and had to bail out during the first half of Edin Terzic’s 3-1 win against RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Following the initial prognosis overnight, BVB confirmed the extent of the injury of the 31-year-old. With the club declining to establish a timeline for the playmaker’s return. However, he will likely skip the rest of the season. With reports in Witsel’s home nation suggesting that he may be in doubt for a rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament due to start on June 11.
The Belgian won major domestic titles with the former clubs
With over a hundred caps to his name for Roberto Martinez’s side. He was expected to play a significant role in the world No. 1 side Belgium seek a maiden major competition success. “Bad news,” the club confirmed in a statement on social media. “Axel Witsel suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during yesterday’s match and will be out for a long period. We all wish Axel a speedy and successful recovery”. Witsel first arrived at Dortmund in the summer of 2018. He signed a four-year contract from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian. And performed on the back in Belgium’s race to finish third at the World Cup in Russia. He has previously spent time with Standard Liege in his home country and Benfica and Zenit, winning major domestic awards with all three clubs.
Since arriving at Signal Iduna Park, Witsel has become a leading senior player in the squad, helping to usher through a new generation of talents including Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland. He starred in the 2019 DFL-Supercup victory over Bayern Munich as Lucien Favre’s side claimed a convincing 2-0 win. Although he was unable to help Dortmund break through a barren streak in the Bundesliga. His injury means he will now miss a crucial second half of the 2020-21 campaign. As Terzic looks to turn the club back into title contention with champions Bayern Munich five points ahead at the summit.