BVB have been without their two attacking stars in recent weeks. As they strive to secure the Champions League qualification in the Bundesliga.
Haaland is recovered from his knee injury
Erling Haaland is about to return to Borussia Dortmund on a Saturday trip to Fortuna Dusseldorf. While Marco Reus is also returning to training. BVB have been without their two attacking stars in recent weeks. As they strive to secure the Champions League qualification in the Bundesliga. Haaland, who scored ten goals in 11 matches of the Bundesliga since joining the club in January, has been out of action since the defeat of Bayern Munich with a score of 1-0, which on May 26 completed the second-placed Dortmund. Meanwhile, Reus last played in early February. When a thigh strain robbed the BVB team of their captain, who enjoyed an excellent, personalized campaign. The 31-year-old brought 12 goals and seven assists to BVB’s cause in 26 matches across all competitions before being injured in a 3–2 loss against Werder Bremen.
Marco Reus is still not ready to play again
Reus is still not quite ready to perform again, but he has at least has stepped up his rehabilitation, while Erling’s knee problem seems to be behind. Head coach Lucien Favre said at a press conference on Thursday: “Haaland is training again from Wednesday and is participating in everything. Otherwise, everyone who was available last week is okay. Reus started preparing with the squad this week. We are happy that he is training again. And we all hope that he will be able to play again as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I still can’t give a more accurate forecast”. Dortmund have soothed the blow of losing Haaland and Reus in recent weeks, turning in improved defensive performances.
Despite losing to Bayern last month, BVB have conceded just three goals in their previous nine league games – including a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin last time out. Favre’s squad are now four points away from the third-placed RB Leipzig with four fixtures left, with Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen both three points further back in the fourth and fifth. “Defense is crucial for success,” said Favre before the Fortuna game. “We have to find the right balance.”