Borussia Dortmund will have to do without starting defensive midfielder Julian Weigl for the last two weeks of the season. Weigl suffered a broken ankle during yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Augsburg.
Weigl is instrumental to BVB’s success, as he sets the tone for the team’s attacking play from his deep midfield role. In Weigl’s absence, manager Thomas Tuchel will have to rely on Gonzalo Castro and Sebastian Rhode to fill in for Weigl.
The injury comes at a crucial final stage of the season for Dortmund, with the club facing Weder Bremen in the final round of the Bundesliga. They will also be needing to have a better result than TSG Hoffenheim in order to ensure third place in the Bundesliga and direct entry into next year’s Champions League group stage before playing Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal Final on May 27.
Julian, at least, seems to be in good spirits. After the game, Julian posted a picture of himself on his Facebook page wearing a cast with a message to stay positive during the coming months. If all goes well, Weigl will be back for BVB at the start of the 2017/18 Bundesliga.