Dortmund vs Newcastle: Boost for Eddie Howe – German midfielder injured

Emre Can of Borussia Dortmund (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Emre Can of Borussia Dortmund (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) /

Ahead of the important Champion League group stage clash of Dortmund vs Newcastle, Eddie Howe has received a boost as a Germany midfielder is injured.

There’s another big fixture for Newcastle in the Champions League tonight. As everybody eagerly awaits the lineup announcements, since the game kicks off in three hours, there are question marks surrounding both teams. Admittedly, as we addressed in the game preview, the injury news is very heavily centred around Newcastle, but there are concerns for the home team as well.

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Eddie Howe receives a significant boost ahead of Dortmund vs Newcastle

According to a report by Kicker (via Sport Witness), Emre Can has become a serious doubt for the match. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who played in the reverse fixture, was not in Dortmund’s final training session yesterday. This means that even if he is fit for the match, it’s unlikely he’ll start since it’s been a race against time.

Eddie Howe, then, can plan his midfield strategy accordingly. As we learned in the home fixture, Can is a commanding midfielder and his colossal approach is hard to work around. Not only is he a juggernaut defensively, but he is technically gifted and able to pull off some great passes. With Can missing, it is a huge boost for Newcastle and a huge blow for Dortmund.

It was an injury sustained at St James Park which has caused problems for the Dortmund captain in this match. Although we are not the fanbase who celebrates injuries of the other team, we can take comfort in the knowledge that we aren’t the only team with injury issues.

We at Newcastle Toons wish Emre Can a speedy recovery, and hope he’s fit and ready for Dortmund’s next match.

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