Borussia Dortmund confirm in-form striker Karim Adeyemi is OUT for ‘about three weeks’ after tearing a muscle fibre against Hertha Berlin… handing German outfit a major blow ahead of Champions League second leg against Chelsea
Borussia Dortmund striker Karim Adeyemi is set for a three-week spell on the sidelines after tearing a muscle fibre against Hertha Berlin, making him a serious doubt to face Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 second leg next month.
The in-form forward bagged the only goal of the first leg as Dortmund edged out a 1-0 win at Signal Iduna Park against the Blues last week, piling more misery on what has been a difficult season for Chelsea fans.
Graham Potter’s side continued their losing run with a shock 1-0 defeat against rock-bottom Southampton at the weekend, staying in 10th behind Brentford in the Premier League.
Netting a fourth goal from his last four games for Dortmund, Adeyemi scored the opener versus Hertha Berlin on Sunday before limping off with a muscle injury.
The German side took to social media on Monday to deliver an update on his injury.
Borussia Dortmund striker Karim Adeyemi tore a muscle fibre against Hertha Berlin on Sunday
The in-form forward netted the opener as Dortmund beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg last week
‘Karim Adeyemi tore a muscle fiber during Sunday’s game against Hertha Berlin. He will not be available for about three weeks. Get well soon,’ Dortmund posted to Twitter.
With the second leg against Chelsea set to take place on March 7, there is genuine concern that Adeyemi will be unavailable for the away trip to west London.
Dortmund’s timeframe also rules the 21-year-old out of their Bundesliga clashes with Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, the latter coming four days before the clash at Stamford Bridge.
If the German returns in exactly three weeks from the announcement, he would also miss the following Bundesliga match against bitter rivals Schalke on March 11.
Adeyemi has helped Dortmund go toe-to-toe with reigning champions Bayern Munich so far this season, with the two sides locked on 43 points each at the summit of the Bundesliga right now.
Bayern Munich, who are ahead on goal difference, are bidding to reclaim the league title for an 11th successive season.
Despite losing to Southampton, Potter has been handed a boost in recent weeks with the return of England internationals Reece James and Ben Chilwell, who will likely play a part in the second leg against Dortmund so long as they avoid additional injury concerns.
N’Golo Kante’s return has also been signposted for the start of March, which would provide Chelsea with a major lift in defensive midfield.
Adeyemi, who is set for ‘three weeks’ on the sidelines, is now a major doubt for the second leg
Graham Potter’s Chelsea are in a turbulent run of form, losing 1-0 to Southampton on Saturday