As if Juergen Klopp hasn't had to contend with enough injury woes this season, Saturday's fixture (Jan. 25) against Augsburg brought about the news that Jakub Blaszczykowski may miss the rest of the 2013-14 campaign.
AFP sports journalist Ryland James in Berlin provided a statement from Klopp discussing Blaszczykowski's injury:
Blaszczykowski also provided a statement on Facebook, as translated by Bing, "Remember that I did not give up. Seriously, nothing can break me! From tomorrow the fight back!"
Walter Straten, editor of German magazine Bild Sport, tweeted to say that the Borussia Dortmund speedster is suspected to have torn his anterior cruciate ligament:
FIFA's social media manager Alex Stone provided an English translation of the news:
The Black and Yellows have already had to contend with a worrying bout of absences this season, with Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic, Lukasz Piszczek and Ilkay Gundogan just some of those enduring long-term injuries, a number of which are ongoing.
Having only just seen Piszczek return to full participation in late November, it's another harrowing blow to Dortmund's right flank.
Thanks largely to these injuries, the club have dropped out of the title race this term. Before Saturday's fixture, Dortmund were five points away from second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and a worrying 15 points away from leaders Bayern Munich.
Cruel though the blow may be, Klopp may now be forced into intensifying his January search for new talent with just a week left in the transfer window.
The return to action could have certainly gotten off to a brighter start, with "Kuba" now primed to miss the remainder of his side's Bundesliga and Champions League action this term.