Neven Subotic’s horrific knee injury over the weekend means a chance for a couple of Borussia Dortmund youngsters to step up.
One of the headline stories today on the website of German newspaper Bild shows a picture of defender Neven Subotic on the floor in agony during the weekend defeat Borussia Dortmund suffered against Wolfsburg.
The German side acted quickly to look into the injury and it’s transpired that Subotic will be out of action for at least six months, which has probably changed Manchester United’s transfer plans if they were thinking of bidding for him this winter.
The news has been reported in a crisis sort of way by Bild, with Dortmund now scrambling over who they will use to partner Mats Hummels in defence with Sokratis the only fit and experienced defender available.
Gunter is a 19-year-old right sided central player who has been playing with one of the Borussia Dortmund back up teams in the third division of German football.
He has made one sub appearance for the club in the Bundesliga this season but he’s already represented Germany at three different levels of German football; under-17, under-19 and under-20.
Sarr is a year younger but he’s played more football this season, with ten appearances in the heart of that third division Borussia Dortmund side.
He too has plenty of experience in terms of international football having played at every level for Germany from under-15 through to under-19.
Fortunately for Klopp and the German giants, they have Hummels as a constant in defence who has already played alongside Sokratis during the pair’s time at the club.
However, Dortmund are one of the best examples of modern sides that throw younger players in at the deep end when it comes to top flight football and one of the reasons they are such a good European team is because their players get exposure at a very young age.
Gunter and Sarr are unlikely to play straight away because Klopp’s side have just suffered back-to-back defeats which will likely make him tense up and go with the players he trusts.
However, we could see a little more over the next month or so of the youngsters who will provide the bedrock of Borussia Dortmund’s defence over the next few years.
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