Lehmann lay-off troubles Dortmund

BV Borussia Dortmund look set to be without goalkeeper Jens Lehmann for the rest of the season.

BV Borussia Dortmund look set to be without Jens Lehmann for the rest of season as they battle for a place in next season's UEFA Champions League.

European ambition
The 33-year-old German international goalkeeper has not played since 22 March as a result of a thigh injury he suffered in Champions League action, but Dortmund had been hoping he would return before the end of the campaign. Third-placed Dortmund occupy Germany's last qualification spot for the Champions League but are being pushed hard by Hertha BSC Berlin and Hamburger SV, who are two and four points behind respectively.

Sammer hoping
Dortmund's medical staff have spent the last few weeks trying everything to get Lehmann fit, but to no avail. He has now been ordered to rest by coach Matthias Sammer in the faint hope that he might be fit before the season ends on 24 May. In Lehmann's absence, Sammer has had to turn to the inexperienced 22-year-old Roman Weidenfeller.

Brazilians out
Sammer has other injury worries to contend with as well. Last month, he lost midfield player Evanilson for the rest of the season because of a knee injury while his other two Brazilians, Dede and Marcio Amoroso, also have fitness problems. Dede has a foot problem, while Amoroso is battling to overcome a knock he picked up while on international duty last week. Meanwhile, the suspended Sebastian Kehl is definitely out of Saturday's fixture against 1. FC Nürnberg.