Erling Haaland misses out on Borussia Dortmund’s DFB Cup semi-final against Holstein Kiel with ‘slight muscular problem’ in huge blow to club’s chances for silverware
- Erling Haaland is to miss Borussia Dortmund’s DFB Cup semi final through injury
- The star striker, 20, has a ‘slight muscular problem’ according to a club tweet
- Dortmund played down concerns, writing ‘get well soon Erl!’ in the message
Borussia Dortmund have suffered a huge blow ahead of their DFB Cup semi final as Erling Haaland is missing out through injury.
The superstar centre-forward, who has scored an astonishing 37 goals in 38 games so far this season, will sit out Dortmund’s crunch match because of a ‘slight muscular problem’, the club said in a tweet.
Having released the teamsheet ahead of Saturday night’s match, Dortmund had to clarify Haaland’s glaring omission from the squad shortly after.
Erling Haaland is set to miss Borussia Dortmund’s DFB Cup semi final with a muscle injury
The 20-year-old (centre) has a ‘slight muscular problem’ according to Borussia Dortmund
‘Erling Haaland is not in today’s squad as a result of a slight muscular problem. Get well soon, Erl!’ the tweet reads.
The tone of the message sought to tampen down concerns of any long-term issue for Haaland, with Dortmund describing the injury as ‘slight’ and trying to appear casual by wishing the striker well.
The news is a huge blow for Dortmund, whose DFB Cup run is their only chance of securing a trophy in a difficult season.
The club sit fifth in the Bundesliga table, one place and currently one point outside the Champions League positions.
News of Haaland’s injury will have put several clubs on alert, as the 20-year-old Norwegian is arguable the hottest transfer prospect this summer, with the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona all in the hunt to sign him.
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