BSP-09 Dortmund waiting on defender Hummels for Bayern clash

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Dortmund waiting on defender Hummels for Bayern clash

BERLIN, May 24, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Borussia Dortmund is waiting on the
fitness of defensive chief Mats Hummels for Tuesday’s Bundesliga
top-of-the-table showdown at home to leaders Bayern Munich.

The 2014 World Cup winner aggravated his Achilles tendon in
Saturday’s 2-0 win at Wolfsburg which kept second-placed Dortmund four
points behind leaders Bayern, who are chasing an eighth straight
league title.

Hummels came off at half-time on Saturday, but Dortmund still hope
he can lead the hosts’ defence against his former club Bayern.

“Mats has a problem with his Achilles tendon and we hope he can
play on Tuesday,” said Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc.

“He has had the problem for a while.”

Hummels was treated at Dortmund’s training ground on Sunday and if
he is not fit, Emre Can, who replaced Hummels in Wolfsburg, will
deputise against Bayern.

In the Munich squad, there are question marks over midfielder
Thiago Alcantara and defender Jerome Boateng.

Alcantara sat out Saturday’s 5-2 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt
in Munich with a groin strain,.

Boateng came off late in the second-half with a muscular knock.

Bayern hammered Dortmund 4-0 at the Allianz Arena in Munich when
the teams last met in November.

The Bundesliga became the first top European league to return
during the COVID-19 pandemic last weekend with all matches played
behind closed doors.

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