Adeyemi’s big toe hurts – Schlotterbeck’s shoulder"problem"

Borussia Dortmund’s worries on the offensive could increase further: Karim Adeyemi (20) had to go down early against Leverkusen. Nico Schlotterbeck had a shoulder issue.

Had to go down early against Leverkusen: BVB striker Karim Adeyemi.

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Karim Adeyemi actually got off to a strong start on Saturday night in the top game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. After the initial momentum of the guests had ebbed away, Borussia became more and more dominant on the offensive and, thanks to the new BVB signing, had the first good scenes in front of the Bayer goal.

This was also the case in the 9th minute, when Marco Reus marked the lead for BVB, in which Adeyemi played a major role. After a pass from Youssoufa Moukoko, the German national player, who had come from RB Salzburg, had almost overcome Leverkusen’s keeper Lukas Hradecky – the ball danced on the line before Reus pushed decisively to make it 1-0.

Toe injury and chants of encouragement

So far, so good for the young German international. However, in the 23rd minute the 20-year-old attacking player’s first home appearance was over after he injured his left foot in a duel with Piero Hincapie. Adeyemi sat down several times, took off his shoes and put them on again – only to finally signal his desire to be replaced by BVB-Bank.

Shaking his head and clearly frustrated, the attacker hobbled outside and Thorgan Hazard came on to replace him. The Dortmund fans showed a keen sense and said goodbye to the newcomer with appropriate songs in the dressing room.

Adeyemi’s injury shouldn’t be really bad. “Things are getting better again,” said Adeyemi after the game. The 20-year-old has problems with the big toe of his left foot – including swelling. “A strain in the tendon or something in the capsule,” he suspected. One thing is clear: A failure of any kind by Adeyemi would further weaken the BVB offensive, because center forward Sebastien Haller has to undergo chemotherapy after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and will be out for several months.

Schlotterbeck and the shoulder: “She’s back in”

Nico Schlotterbeck also had “a small injury problem”. During a harmless duel scene in the second half, the strong central defender turned away with a pained face and grabbed his right arm. He then snuck off the field and probably got his shoulder set again in the players’ tunnel. The Dortmund doctor took care of it. “The doc said she’s back in there. Then he gave me the go-ahead to go back on the pitch,” said the ex-Freiburger.

Nico Schlotterbeck

shoulder ok again? BVB newcomer and national player Nico Schlotterbeck shows his thumb.
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For the 22-year-old BVB new signing, a dream came true with the home game in front of a full house that evening. “I’ve been looking forward to this game for so long,” said Schlotterbeck, who didn’t want to end this experience earlier because of the allegedly jumped shoulder. “I’m a central defender, so I have to be a little tougher.”

Great feelings on Friday

Schlotterbeck will also be emotional again next Friday when the national player has to play for his former club in Breisgau so early in the new season (8.30 p.m., LIVE! on kicker). “Of course it will be emotional,” said Schlotterbeck about the upcoming reunion with SC Freiburg. He approaches this through and through as a Dortmunder: “Last season, BVB won 5-2 against Frankfurt and then lost in Freiburg (1-2, editor’s note). Of course, that must not happen to us.”

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