Jurgen Klopp has given a fitness update on reported Manchester United defensive target Neven Subotic.
Subotic has been missing for the German giants since he tore cruciate ligaments in a 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg at the back end of last year.
It was a tremendous blow for the German side and Subotic’s form had led to intense speculation that United and other big European teams were toying with the idea of potential bids for the Serbian.
However, BVB boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that progress on a return from injury is going according to plan and has hinted that Subotic can’t wait to get back to first team duty with Dortmund as soon as possible.
“It’s almost like you only need to take the splint away from him, and Neven is able to kick the ball again. Unfortunately, that’s not the case yet. Neven is making good progress. He has another crucial examination on Thursday, and then we will know more about his recovery,” Klopp told the Borussia Dortmund website.
The comments suggest that Subotic is going through his rehabilitation schedule with a fierce desire to get back into the gym, training and eventually playing again as soon as possible.
Subotic is a very important member of the first team at BVB and while his injury prevents any January bids for his services, the situation is unlikely to change dramatically in the summer.
Subotic has always spoken fondly of Dortmund as a football club and he will appreciate the support and loyalty the club has shown by him during a very difficult injury in his career.
It’s also important to factor in the agreed departure of Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich and the potential big bids which could start flying in for some of Klopp’s key midfielders.
Retaining Subotic will be a priority because of his experience, consistency and ability as a leader. It’s also important in helping the side retain strength when the squad could easily start falling apart.
The comments suggest he’s itching to get back in the black and yellow colours and no contemporary side going after him will change that.
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