Dortmund struck by injury crisis
Borussia Dortmund are sweating on the fitness of a number of their players as they prepare for the Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash at Malaga on Wednesday.
Despite securing a 2-1 Bundesliga win away to Stuttgart on Saturday, coach Jurgen Klopp was left with plenty to worry about ahead of his side's next game.
Left-back Marcel Schmelzer suffered a broken nose, however, he has refused to rule himself out of playing in Dortmund's first Champions League quarter-final in 15 years.
"The nose required stitches and was directed [put back in place] in order to not lose any time, because I want to play on Wednesday," the Germany international, who could play with a protective mask, wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Dortmund also fear for defensive midfielder Sven Bender and the versatile Kevin Grosskreutz, who both suffered bruises to their foot on Saturday.
"It did hurt," Bender told DerWesten. "But I thought it wasn't too bad. Once I got rid of my boots I saw blood. You can also see the mark on my foot."
Grosskreutz had started the Stuttgart game at right-back before being switched to left-back following the Schmelzer injury. He suffered a bruised foot during the second half but was forced to play the full ninety minutes as Dortmund had used up all their substitutions.
Winger Marco Reus took a hit to the ribs, while centre-back Felipe Santana had to nurse his head after being struck by an elbow during the game.
Poland international Lukasz Piszczek had started the match on the bench with Dortmund hoping to rest him due to a recurring hip problem. However, the right-back had to be brought on to replace Grosskreutz.
"The coach wanted to give me a rest but things turned out differently," Piszczek said. "I'm very happy about my game, but even more about the fact that we won it as a team
"I will try to make it through to the end of the season. Sometimes it's better [his hip], sometimes worse, but so far I have always been able to play. I hope that's also the case against Malaga."
Piszczek's Poland team-mate Jakub Blaszczykowski is also a concern for Dortmund. The midfielder suffered strained adductors ahead of Poland's World Cup qualifier against San Marino last week and did not play on Saturday.