Dortmund’s Hummels to miss four weeks

Updated: March 11, 2013

Borussia Dortmund will be without a key
player for the next four weeks as it was discovered on Monday that defender
Mats Hummels is out with knee and ankle problems.

The Germany international had just returned from a brief spell on the
sidelines for Saturday’s derby match with Schalke, but he lasted just 45
minutes before being replaced and will now miss a key stretch of games for

Hummels has started 23 of 25 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund, which sits in
second place in the league table, and he will now face a race to be fit in
time to feature in either leg of the club’s Champions League quarterfinal.

“This is bitter news for us as a club and for him as a player,” Dortmund
manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Deutschland.

“For us as a club, it’s the worst news we could have received at this point in

“When he suffered the injury it didn’t look that bad. Unfortunately it was.”