With the European club season over a month away from starting, the injuries are already piling up for Borussia Dortmund. Raphaël Guerreiro will miss the start of the season for Dortmund after picking up an injury during international duty for Portugal.
The versatile Dortmund player, who has played as both left back and in the midfield for club and country, underwent a foot operation yesterday, and will now be out for 3 to 4 months.
The injury occurred as Rapahël was representing Portugal in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Portugal was playing hosts Russia in the group stage of the tournament, when the Portuguese left back had to be stretchered off in the 65th minute.
This after Guerreiro had provided a perfect cross from the left wing for Cristiano Ronaldo to head home the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory for the reigning European champions. Initially, the Portugal Football Association communicated the injury as a simple bruise. Tests at Dortmund, however, revealed a break in Rapahël’s left foot which required surgery.
Guerreiro’s versatility made him a very important player for Dortmund last season, where he made 35 appearances across all competitions. Throughout the season, Guerreiro notched 7 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
The Portuguese international now joins Marco Reus, Julian Weigl, and Shinji Kagawa on the sidelines. We will have to wait and see how Guerreiro fits into new Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz’s plans. Guerreiro is expected to be back for Dortmund in October or November.
In the meantime, club captain Marcel Schmelzer will undoubtedly start in the left back role for the Black and Yellows, while the middle of the park will see competition to fill the void left by Weigl and Guerreiro. A combination of Gonzalo Castro, Nuri Sahin, Sebastian Rhode, and new signing Mahmoud Dahoud will look to keep the engine running in the middle of the pitch for BVB.