Champions Borussia set to miss pair for Mainz

AFP, Thursday 22 Sep 2011

Struggling German champions Borussia Dortmund look set to be without both Germany squad members Sven Bender and Marcel Schmelzer for Saturday's must-win Bundesliga match at Mainz 05

Marcel Schmelzer

Midfielder Bender is struggling with a torn hip muscle, while defender Schmelzer is definitely out with a hamstring injury as the champions look to avoid their third straight league defeat.

Fullback Schmelzer is expected back for the Champions League group stage match at Marseille next Wednesday, but Bender faces a race to be fit after Borussia drew their opening game 1-1 with Arsenal in Group F.

With his team having lost their last two German league games, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp knows his side is under pressure, especially after they lost 2-1 at Hanover last Sunday to two late goals after throwing away a 1-0 lead.

"Ideally, we will have learned from the last three minutes of Hanover for life," said Klopp.

"The team has developed an anger which is often needed to get out of a situation like this."

With Dortmund having lost three of their first six Bundesliga games this season, Klopp's team need a win at Mainz to move up from 11th in the table and they are already eight points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.

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