Updates from Saturday, March 15
Lewandowski will be in the starting lineup for Dortmund on Saturday, according to the team's official Twitter feed:
BVB: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Sahin, Kehl - Aubameyang, Hofmann, Großkreutz - Lewandowski #bvbbmg— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 15, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 14
Robert Lewandowski is likely to be fit for Dortmund's weekend clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Dortmund's official website reported the following:
Klopp is also hopeful that Robert Lewandowski will have recovered from his injury in time for BVB’s Bundesliga clash against Gladbach on Saturday. The Dortmund top scorer, who missed the Freiburg game with strained knee ligaments, will continue his individual training programme on Thursday, and if he comes through practice without any problems he could return to full training on Friday and be included in Saturday’s squad. “Robert knows his body well,” said Klopp. Meaning: if Lewandowski feels fit enough to play, he will make himself available for selection.
Updates from Sunday, Mar. 9
Robert Lewandowski remains unfit to play, Borussia Dortmund announced:
BVB: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer – Sahin, Kehl – Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Großkreutz – Schieber #scfbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 9, 2014
Following the game, manager Jurgen Klopp talked about his hopes for Lewandowski's return (via Borussia Dortmund FF on Twitter):
Klopp: I'm hoping Lewandowski and Reus can make it to Gladbach game.— Borussia Dortmund FF (@BVBfansFF) March 9, 2014
A knee injury will keep Robert Lewandowski out of Poland's upcoming friendly, which has brought on doubts for his immediate future with Borussia Dortmund.
His national team is slated to face Scotland in a friendly Wednesday. However, Reuters (via Yahoo! Sports) reports that he will fly back to Germany for additional tests. His club explained in a statement, "Upon his arrival he will be checked by the team doctor to determine the extent of his injury."
Ryland James of AFP notes that this issue could also keep him out of Dortmund's match against Freiburg Sunday:
Lewandowski explains that he is being cautious with this issue:
When healthy, the Polish forward is one of the best scorers in the world. He is currently leading the Bundesliga with 15 goals while helping his squad fight for second place in the table. While Borussia Dortmund will not be able to catch Bayern Munich for a title, they can still finish the year ahead of some top competition.
Of course, the club does remain a top contender for a Champions League title. The team currently holds a 4-2 lead in the aggregate score against Zenit St. Petersburg and are on the brink of a spot in the quarterfinals.
Paul Carr of ESPN notes how impressive Lewandowski has been in these matches:
Only Ronaldo has more Champions League goals than Lewandowski in the last 2 seasons: pic.twitter.com/v0WAcSQcOI— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) February 25, 2014
If the forward is able to play, the squad has a chance to make another deep run after going all the way to the finals last season.
However, the latest injury remains cause for concern. It is one thing to miss an international friendly, but missed league matches is a sign that something is seriously wrong.
Dortmund better hope that this is just a precautionary measure, or else they could be in for a lot of trouble going forward.
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