Dortmund's Latest Injury Crisis Highlights Their Lack of Squad Depth

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIFebruary 14, 2014

Dortmund's Marco Reus lies injured on the pitch as Bayern's Rafinha, rear, points  during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between BvB Borussia Dortmund  and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Borussia Dortmund fans were hit with more dreadful news recently, as Marco Reus and Sven Bender picked up injuries in the club's latest league game last Sunday (via the club's official website).

Add the duo to the club's already populated injury list and Dortmund have another injury crisis on their hands with six first-team players (including Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic, Ilkay Gundogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski) unavailable for selection.

Dortmund's Bundesliga title challenge is already all but over as Bayern Munich currently have a 13-point advantage over their closest league rivals—Bayer Leverkusen. Die Schwarzgelben are four points further down the pecking order at the moment.

However, all is not lost for Jurgen Klopp's men, at least not yet.

The club is still performing admirably in the DFB Pokal as well as in the Champions League, where they will face Zenit Saint Petersburg in the first leg of the round of 16 next week.

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Nevertheless, one has to wonder how far can a club go with the likes of Manuel Friedrich, Marian Sarr, Sebastian Kehl, Jonas Hofmann, Julian Schieber, Milos Jojic and others as their first back-up options. Certainly not as far as many have hoped.

There's no doubt Klopp has assembled an outstanding team of players in Dortmund, but it's perhaps as obvious as ever the club needs more squad depth to be able to compete on all three fronts—in Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and the Champions League.


What do you think? Is this Dortmund team good enough to win a trophy this year?