Borussia Dortmund captain confirms he will not play v Arsenal on Tuesday

Mats Hummels 2 Germany

Mats Hummels will return to training on Wednesday, the day after his side face Arsenal at home.

Arsenal certainly have a difficult week. After drawing 2-2 with Premier League champions Manchester City yesterday afternoon they now have the task of facing Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Arsenal take on Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night and they know it will be a tough game against excellent Bundesliga opposition.

However they were given a recent reprieve in the injury department. Marco Reus picked up an issue with his problematic ankle.

Now they know that they will not be having to face Borussia Dortmund's captain either.

Mats Hummels has been out of action since the World Cup, where he played through several games with niggling injuries all over his body, as he helped his nation win the World Cup.

He did not feature against SC Freiburg this weekend but there were vague hopes and rumours of a potential return to action against Arsenal on Tuesday.

But the player himself has confirmed when he hopes to return to full training with the team, and it certainly looks like he will not be featuring against The Gunners.

He told the club's official website:

"This week I made a big step forward. Now I need to catch up and get fully fit. My plan is to train with the team on Wednesday. We have to see how it works in practice, if everything succeeds, whether the feeling to be able to play is back."

That means Arsenal are likely to face the defensive duo of Nevan Subotic and Sokratis Papasthathopoulos rather than the talented German international come Tuesday afternoon.

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