Bad news shortly before kick-off: BVB had to forego striker Erling Haaland at short notice in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup against second division Holstein Kiel (from 8.30 p.m. in LIVETICKER).
As the Dortmund team announced, the Norwegian had to pass due to muscular problems. At the press conference before the Dortmund game against KSV, coach Edin Terzic had already indicated that some BVB professionals had to stop again due to complaints in training, but did not name any names.
“He took a blow in the game against Wolfsburg, paused, started training, but then couldn’t tolerate the strain,” said BVB sports director Michael Zorc in an interview with the ARD before the start of the game: “We hope that it is not bad and assume that he will be available to us again next week.”
Instead of the 20-year-old top striker, Thorgan Hazard will appear as a false nine in the front line against Kiel and will probably change positions again and again with Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho.
Haaland had already missed BVB in December due to a torn muscle fiber. In the Bundesliga, Dortmund were then only able to win one of four games, scoring 0.9 fewer goals and conceding 0.5 goals more than with Haaland.