The injury susceptibility of the model athlete Erling Haaland causes problems for Borussia Dortmund.
Erling Haaland is impressively muscular and has thighs like marble columns – but the susceptibility to injury from the force of nature from Norway is making Borussia Dortmund increasingly difficult to create. Last Saturday he had to be substituted in the 63rd minute of the 3-2 draw at TSG Hoffenheim.
On Monday it was still not clear how severe the star striker’s injury was and how long he might be out. Should Haaland not be available to the black and yellow for several games, it would be a major setback in the title race with leaders Bayern Munich, who are six points ahead of Borussia.
“Haaland was examined in detail on Sunday and Monday. According to the medical bulletin, Haaland is suffering from muscular problems, which, however, require treatment and further examinations in the coming days,” said BVB on Monday. No accurate diagnosis, no downtime.
Haaland threatens to miss important BVB games
The two-week break in the league puts Haaland in the cards, but a longer absence does not seem to be out of the question. He could therefore miss the important games against Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin, possibly also the round of 16 playoffs in the Europa League against Glasgow Rangers (February 17 and 24).
In any case, the club does not know how long it can continue to enjoy its top star before a very big rival rips it out of the structure. The 21-year-old, who scored 16 of Dortmund’s 52 goals this season in the Bundesliga, fell to the ground in Sinsheim with a pained face.
After a “drawer test”, which is usually carried out to detect serious ligament injuries in the knee, he was initially able to continue playing without any problems. But after a good hour he limped off after grabbing the groin.
Eight injuries or bruises since moving to BVB
Even on Sunday morning he was not moving at all in the office in a white jogging suit.
Haaland had already missed a few games in October and November due to hip flexor problems, four in the league, two in the Champions League and one in the cup. Dortmund conceded the defeats against Ajax Amsterdam and Sporting Lisbon (each 1: 3) in the premier class, which were decisive for the end of the group phase, without Haaland. Shortly before, there had been three competitive games break due to muscular complaints.
The model athlete Haaland sometimes seems physically overwhelmed by his power, as only the opponents are otherwise. He has had eight injuries or bruises since moving to Borussia Dortmund, he missed 22 games – in which BVB often played significantly weaker or was much easier to calculate.
Dortmund sends recovery wishes
In the winter of 2020/21, Haaland was paralyzed by a torn muscle fiber for five weeks, and Borussia only won one of the four Bundesliga games they missed. This time she lost at least 1:2 at RB Leipzig.
In addition, media interest in Borussia Dortmund is largely focused on Haaland, who is allowed to leave the club in the summer for an allegedly €75 million exit clause – and probably will. When Haaland can get involved in the title fight again is anyone’s guess.
“We wish Erling to be free of symptoms as soon as possible and to be able to do what he loves to do most: score goals for BVB,” added Borussia in the statement.