Julian Brandt has just got the chance to prove himself in the starting XI under Marco Rose, when the 25-year-old is already out again. Brandt sustained a muscle injury against Besiktas.
The actually so lush and strong midfield at Borussia Dortmund is currently degenerating into a problem area. After Thomas Delaney’s departure, Emre Can and Gio Reyna are currently out injured. Julian Brandt was able to benefit from the failure of the US youngster in the last two games. He was in the starting line-up against ex-club Leverkusen and at the start of the Champions League against Besiktas. The first appearances in the starting line-up for the 25-year-old under Marco Rose across all competitions.
On the coming Sunday against Union Berlin (5.30 p.m.) there will be no third for Brandt. As BVB coach Rose revealed on Friday afternoon at the matchday PK, Brandt will be out due to a muscle injury. “Julian will be out for a while, he has a muscle injury. That could take two weeks,” said Rose.
Two weeks of downtime would mean that the 35-time national player could also miss the duels against Gladbach (25.9.), Sporting (28.9.) And Augsburg (2.10.). A real blow, especially for Brandt. The offensive player, who is actually so highly gifted, has so far failed to prove that he can deliver consistently. The upcoming games could have given Brandt the necessary rhythm and self-confidence. But as it is, a role as a reservist threatens again, especially since Can and especially Reyna will be back soon.
In contrast to Brandt, the situation at Thorgan Hazard and, above all, Mats Hummels is much better. With the Belgian, there is still a slight question mark behind an operation against Union. “We have to see if it’s enough for Sunday,” Rose left open.
Hummels, on the other hand, celebrated his starting line-up comeback against Besiktas. “I expect it will work for Mats,” said Rose. The BVB defense chief should also be on the field against the iron from the start – especially since a week without a cup or Champions League follows.