Dortmund’s Kehl, Bender out against Hoffenheim
Borussia Dortmund midfielders Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender
will miss the defending champion’s Bundesliga game at
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp says both players are definitely
ruled out of Sunday’s league game but could return for Wednesday’s
German Cup match against Hannover.
Kehl is laboring with a knee injury, while Bender’s performances
have dipped since breaking his nose in the Champions League last
Defenders Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek missed Friday’s
training session with minor knocks but are expected to train
normally on Saturday.
Dortmund was 14 points behind league leader Bayern Munich ahead
of the last round of games before the winter break.