Arsenal get huge Dortmund injury boost for Champions League clashes

Arsenal v Dortmund

The omens for Arsenal when they face Borussia Dortmund are looking good.

Arsenal are in a fantastic position in their Champions League group, and seemingly are being given every chance of maintaining their lead.

Their next two matches are against last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund, and the fixtures could not be more perfectly timed.

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Already we know that Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp will have to 'manage' from the stands as punisment for his abuse of a fourth official in the first game against Napoli.

On the pitch the situation for Klopp is likely to be far worse, with an injury crisis taking hold.

Star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been out for the past month, and now hopes he could return for the encounters on October 22 and November 6 have likely been dashed.

Bild report that the 22-year-old has suffered a setback in his recovery from a back injury, and can't even set a predicted return date the situation is so unclear.

General manager Michael Zorc stated: "He's just not making much progress. We do not know when he can play again."

It is not the only piece of bad news for Dortmund and good news for the Gunners: His replacement in the Dortmund side Nuri Sahin has just suffered an ankle ligament tear and stands to miss three weeks, and the first Arsenal tie.

Think that's all, it gets worse if you are a Dortmund fan. The club on Monday confirmed injuries to two more key players, Marco Reus and Sven Bender.

Reus like Sahin suffered a torn ankle ligament at the weekend and has had to pull out of the German international squad. The winger is at real risk of missing the game at the Emirates later this month.

Bender is out for 10 days with a thigh problem as is young midfielder Jonas Hofman, who has featured in seven Bundesliga games this season. First choice right-back Lukasz Piszczek is also out with a long term injury.

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Dortmund will hope to patch up their squad as best as possible over the international break, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping no more injuries to key players are sustained.

On the other side of the coin, Arsenal hope to have Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott returned from injury for the clashes, while Lukas Podolski is a possibility for the second match in Germany.

Arsenal have little to complain about at present, and Dortmund's troubles are just one more reason why their prospects over the coming weeks appear brighter than ever.

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