Mats Hummels Fitness: Updates on Borussia Dortmund Star's Status, Return

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain from Argentina, left, and Dortmund's Mats Hummels vie for the ball during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Alberto Di Lolli)
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Borussia Dortmund will remain without captain Mats Hummels for a while longer as the club wants to ensure he reaches full fitness before returning to the lineup.    

The Bundesliga noted the defender won't be available for BVB's clash with Augsburg on Friday:

Manager Jurgen Klopp told the club's official site that Hummels needs more training sessions before he's ready for full-time match action: "Mats needs a bit more training, and he will get it. Especially since this position is the least of our problems."

While it doesn't sound like the reliable center back is going to be sidelined for much longer, the boss didn't provide a concrete timetable for his return. They will likely see how his body responds to increased training before making a decision.

Hummels had a busy summer with the German national team as he helped the side on its journey to World Cup glory. Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail reported he was also dealing with some tendinitis in his knee throughout the tournament.

Lack of rest is always a concern during World Cup years. So it doesn't come as a surprise when certain players miss the start of the club campaign to complete their recovery. The teams just hope to avoid any long-term absences.

Hummels is a key piece of the Dortmund defense. Giving him a little extra time to get back to 100 percent should pay off over the course of the season. After the match on Friday, the side doesn't play another league match until Sept. 13, giving him a few more weeks of recovery time.

Based on Klopp's comments, he should be ready for that fixture against Freiburg as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks in training.