Borussia Dortmund will make do of a partly depleted squad prior to their Super Cup game against Bayern Munich.
Dortmund lost the duo of Thomas Muenier and Julian Brandt to Coronavirus earlier in the month. And it could see Felix Passlack enjoy a place at right-back following the absence of Maten Morey and Thomas Muenier.
The defenders (Passlack) own goal against Eintracht Frankfurt would not prove otherwise detrimental to his place in the first team.
Raphael Guerreiro is out with a calf issue while Marcel Schmeltzer is still recovering from a long term knee injury, so Nico Schulz is expected to play at left-back.
Former Bayern defensive star Mats Hummels is being put through a fitness test in training after a tendon injury, so the Super Cup match could be too soon for him to return.
He would yet see a centre back combo of Manuel Akanji and Axel Witsel. Former Liverpool midfield ward Emre Can was expected to have some game time against Eintracht Frankfurt but he was still missing at the weekend.
Dan-Axel Zagadou and Soumalia Coulibaly increases the defensive absentees for Dortmund. On the other hand, Coach Marco Rose have no issue in the midfield.
English teenager Jude Bellingham, Regna Giovanni and Mahmoud Dahoud is expected to retain their places in the teams' midfield.
Attacking talent like Marco Reus and Thorgan Hazard was on the score sheet at the weekend for the Black and Yellow side.
However, it was Erling Braut Haaland that stole the show with a brace and 3 (three) assist even as he gets to face one of his major suitors in the Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
Now Hazard has been sidelined for the Bayern showdown with an injury (ankle). And it could see Donyell Malen make his Super Cup debut.
Borussia Dortmund’s possible starting lineup:
Gregor Kobel; Felix Passlack, Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji, Nico Schulz; Jude Bellingham, Mahmoud Dahoud, Giovanni Reyna; Donyell Malen, Erling Brant Haaland, Marco Reus.
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