Mats Hummels Injury: Updates on Dortmund Star's Status, Likely Return Date

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 15:  Mats Hummels of Germany in action during the international friendly match between Italy and Germany at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender Mats Hummels will be out for the rest of the year due to a heel injury, according to reports on Wednesday.

The official Bundesliga Twitter account posted the following on Wednesday morning:

BREAKING NEWS: Mats #Hummels ruled out until January. More to follow soon on

— GOAL! Bundesliga (@Bundesliga_GOAL) November 20, 2013

It's terrible news for both club and country, but Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly be the one feeling the effects of his player's absence more so, considering he has already lost centre-back Neven Subotic to injury.

The Black and Yellows boss now heads into this weekend's encounter against Bayern Munich without either of his first-choice central defenders.

Berlin-based journalist Ryland James said that it was a torn ankle ligament keeping Hummels from first-team action, although relates the problem to his heel. January is earmarked for his likely return date at this point:

#Hummels & #Schmelzer both out of Sat's #FCBayern match, MH out until 2014 with torn ankle ligament, MS 3wks left calf tear, #BVB confirmed

— Bundesliga_reporter (@rylandjames) November 20, 2013

Hummels has been an omnipresent force for both his club and national team in recent years, but has suffered similar ankle issues in the past, according to

That being said, the 24-year-old has so far succeeded in overcoming his injury obstacles and will look to bounce back from this latest setback in similar fashion.

Klopp's side are currently four points behind Bayern in the German top flight and have Bayer Leverkusen stalking them in third place, level on points with the 2010/11, 2011/12 champions.

The slightest slip-up could mean an opening for Sami Hyypia's Factory Squad, who would be more than happy to pounce on the opportunity.

Dortmund now have to dip into their reserves and will be looking toward the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and others to fill in during Hummels' and Subotic's absences.

Including the Bayern clash, Dortmund have five more league matches before breaking up for the winter period just before Christmas, resuming play in late January.