Borussia Dortmund are struggling with injuries ahead of their Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich on Saturday with right-back Oliver Kirch and midfielder Nuri Sahin both ruled out of the Westfalenstadion clash.
Kirch, 32, sustained a pulled tendon in training and is set for a two- to three-week spell on the sidelines, BVB announced on Tuesday.
The versatile player had been used as a back-up for the injured Lukasz Piszczek at right-back in recent weeks, with Kevin Grosskreutz also out injured.
Borussia Dortmund have stressed Mats Hummels is part of their long-term plans while the club could look to tie him down on a new contract.
Talk of a transfer to Manchester United intensified this week after Hummels told kicker that he is considering his Dortmund future.
On Tuesday, Bild reported that in 2012 the centre-back made a promise to then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that if he were to make a move abroad he would only sign at Old Trafford.
However, Hummels has since rejected that claim,...
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has extended an olive branch to Borussia Dortmund ahead of the clubs' Bundesliga meeting at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.
Dortmund and Bayern have shared the last five Bundesliga titles, and have met in a final of a major competition in the last three seasons.
While BVB won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 and also beat their rivals 5-2 in the DFB-Pokal final that year, Bayern won the league in 2010 as well as in 2013 and 2014.