The England international missed a month of action for club and country after suffering an untimely thigh injury.
The winger is not yet ready to perform in the match against Man City
Jadon Sancho will not participate in the Champions League reunion with Manchester City as Borussia Dortmund’s player is not yet ready enough to return to action. The England international missed a month of action for club and country after suffering an untimely thigh injury. There has been positive progress in his recovery, with a return to training, but his former club’s encounter on Wednesday came too early. Interim Dortmund coach Edin Terzic told reporters at a pre-match press conference when arguing about Sancho’s fitness: “Jadon will not be at our disposal, although he trained again. Sancho is doing his best to return as fast as possible. BVB would like to have him with us tomorrow, but he won’t be.”
Sancho has missed BVB’s seven outings
“We have to spend our time with him. So, he is not an alternative for tomorrow, but we hope it doesn’t last long for him before he returns to the team.” The talented winger has been stuck on the sidelines since being withdrawn in the 68th minute of a 1-0 victory for Dortmund over Gladbach in the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals on March 2. Since then, Sancho has missed the team’s seven outings, including crucial fixtures in the UEFA Champions League. Gareth Southgate was also unable to request Jadon Sancho for the start of England’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, preventing him from adding to a haul of 18 caps. Dortmund could have done with Sancho’s pace and trickery at their disposal against Man City. While they could see off Sevilla without a high-rated striker, they have found the going more challenging in a meeting with the Premier League heavyweights.
At the Etihad Stadium, they suffered a 2-1 defeat in their first leg against Pep Guardiola’s side, which means they have to do everything on home soil to reach the semi-finals. Sancho’s presence would have helped Dortmund’s cause, but despite being spotted in training since Sunday, no risk will be taken on his long-term fitness – with BVB still chasing the top-four finish and German Cup glory.