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Dortmund's Kirch could miss half of group stage

Published: Wednesday 20 August 2014, 13.44CET
Oliver Kirch and Ji Dong-won sustained thigh injuries in training on Tuesday, with the former in danger of missing half of Borussia Dortmund's group stage campaign.
Dortmund's Kirch could miss half of group stage
Oliver Kirch seldom featured for Dortmund in 2013/14 but started their two cup games last week ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Wednesday 20 August 2014, 13.44CET

Dortmund's Kirch could miss half of group stage

Oliver Kirch and Ji Dong-won sustained thigh injuries in training on Tuesday, with the former in danger of missing half of Borussia Dortmund's group stage campaign.

Borussia Dortmund's preparations for the season have been dealt a blow with the news that defender Oliver Kirch and forward Ji Dong-won will be sidelined for eight and four weeks respectively.

The players suffered thigh injuries in training on Tuesday ahead of Dortmund's Bundesliga opener at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen this weekend.

It means Kirch − who started the Schwarzgelben's German Super Cup defeat of FC Bayern München a week ago and their domestic cup tie against SV Stuttgarter Kickers last Saturday − could miss the first three matchdays of the UEFA Champions League group stage, starting on 16/17 September.

Things are not as bad for South Korean international Ji. The 23-year-old, a free transfer from Sunderland AFC this summer, could return for Dortmund's first European fixture of the campaign.

Last updated: 20/08/14 13.54CET

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