Dortmund defender Schmelzer out for four weeks

Reuters, Thursday 20 Mar 2014

Borussia Dortmund
File Photo: Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer reacts during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Stuttgart in Dortmund November 3, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Defender Marcel Schmelzer has joined the growing injury list at Borussia Dortmund and will be sidelined for about four weeks, the club said in a statement on Thursday.

The Germany international strained adductor muscles late in the 2-1 defeat by Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday that saw Dortmund advance to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-4 aggregate win.

Schmelzer is set to miss miss both last-eight ties in April and could also be out for the first leg of the semi-finals if his team progress.

Dortmund, battling to hold on to second place in the Bundesliga, already have Germany internationals Ilkay Guendogan and Sven Bender sidelined as well as central defender Neven Subotic and midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Midfielder Marco Reus was also absent for Wednesday's game but is expected to return at Hanover 96 on Saturday.

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