Borussia Dortmund look likely to be without Ilkay Gündogan at the weekend, raising doubts as to whether or not he’ll play again this season.
The German midfielder will move on this summer and has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City, but the club may be concerned by his fitness.
After missing almost the entire 2013/14 season and part of 2014/15 with a serious back problem, Gündogan has returned to top form this campaign under Thomas Tuchel.
However, the German head coach seems to be preparing his side for life after the 25-year-old moves on.
Since a draw with Bayern Munich all but ensured the title was out of reach, Dortmund have played 12 games but Gündogan – whose recovery from a foot injury was slow – has featured in just four, playing a total of 108 minutes.
Once again the midfielder missed training due to a minor knee issue on Wednesday and isn’t expected to feature against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon. All of that means match fitness is a big concern heading into Euro 2016 and the DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich on 21st May.
There is more positive news coming out of Germany for Dortmund, as the transfer of Ousmane Dembélé seems to be closer.
French teenager Dembélé has attracted interest from all of Europe’s big clubs but kicker and L’Equipe are both reporting that Dortmund have agreed terms with the player and with Stade Rennais for less than a reported fee of €15m.
With his arrival set to be announced and the likes of Christian Pulisic proving themselves, the future looks good for BVB no matter who they lose this summer.by