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Dortmund’s injury concerns ease ahead semifinal clash


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Dortmund (Germany), April 30: Borussia Dortmund’s injury worries have eased and coach Edin Terzic is hopeful all but two players will be fit for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain.
Terzic said on Tuesday that left-back Ramy Bensebaini and young forward Julien Duranville are definitely out of Wednesday’s match, but that others can return after missing the team’s 4-1 loss at Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Emre Can and Ian Maatsen are back and well-rested after serving suspensions at the weekend.
“Marcel Sabitzer and Donyell Malen took part in training again yesterday,” Terzic said.
“Donny couldn’t take part in everything. Marcel felt much better and was very happy. Sébastien Haller could take part in some of the training and we’ll see today how the final training session develops. For now, we’re assuming that the guys will be available tomorrow.”
Ivory Coast forward Haller has been labouring with a persistent left ankle injury.
Dortmund, which knocked out Atlético Madrid to reach the final four, already faced PSG in the group stage, losing 2-0 in Paris before drawing 1-1 at home and topping the group.
The German team is unbeaten in its last 10 games at home in the competition and will again look to the support from its “yellow wall.”
But, Terzic is aware that PSG, which already has the French league title wrapped up, needs to finally win Europe’s premier competition to justify more than a decade of huge investment from its Qatari owners.
Terzic suggested Luis Enrique’s team was peaking at the right time. “It’s not easy to stop them, though every team tries,” Terzic said.
“If you take Kylian Mbappé, for example, with his exceptional individual quality, he has now scored 43 goals in 44 games.” (AP)


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