Monday, May 27, 2024

Sebastian Haller Sidelined for UCL Quarterfinal; Jadon Sancho Poised for Comeback in Dortmund’s Lineup

In a significant setback for Borussia Dortmund, striker Sebastien Haller has been ruled out of the upcoming UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid due to injury. Meanwhile, fans can anticipate the return of winger Jadon Sancho, as confirmed by Dortmund coach Edin Terzic during Monday’s press briefing.

Dortmund faces an uphill battle in their Champions League campaign, trailing 2-1 after a challenging first leg in Madrid where Haller’s late goal revived their hopes. However, his recent injury during Saturday’s victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach has sidelined him for the critical return leg at home. This was Haller’s first start in the league since his recovery in September, post his battle with testicular cancer and subsequent ankle issues.

Coach Terzic expressed concern about Haller’s condition, noting the need for further evaluation over the next week. “Sebastien will need to rest to receive a clearer diagnosis, but he will likely be out for two to three weeks,” he explained, highlighting the ongoing health challenges Haller has faced since joining Dortmund.

On a brighter note, the team is bolstered by the recovery of Jadon Sancho, who missed the last game but has returned to training and is expected to play on Tuesday. Terzic remains optimistic about his squad’s flexibility in attack, with either Niclas Fuellkrug or Youssoufa Moukoko ready to step in. “We have strong options, and both Fuellkrug and Moukoko have shown excellent form this season,” Terzic added.

As Dortmund prepares for this crucial match, the dynamics of their attacking lineup could play a pivotal role in their strategy to overturn the first-leg deficit and advance in the tournament.

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