Borussia Dortmund will have to do without Jadon Sancho, Raphael Guerreiro and Mateu Morey in the duel on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) with relegation candidate 1. FC Köln.
The trio will presumably only start training again after the international break, said BVB coach Edin Terzic on Thursday. In addition, the use of captain Marco Reus is questionable, the central defenders Manuel Akanji and Mats Hummels are fit.
The surprising 1: 2 from the first leg was “of course an issue these days,” said the fifth-placed coach: “We know that we have to be very careful – even if they are not running the best now.”
In the first half of the season the game was “given up by two standard goals”, so you will “sharpen your senses for Saturday,” emphasized Terzic: “We have made a step forward and are confident that things will look better on Saturday than in the first leg. “
Meanwhile, the Dortmunders are concerned that Guerreiro was nominated for the World Cup qualifiers for the Portuguese national team despite muscular problems in his calf. “It would be in everyone’s favor if he didn’t have to make the trip,” said sporting director Michael Zorc, who, however, referred to the clubs’ obligation to retire: “If the Portuguese insist, it will be difficult.”