Potential injury impact for Arsenal as Borussia Dortmund captain Hummels faces fitness battle

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A Mats Hummels injury has added to Borussia Dortmund's woes.

The prospect of Borussia Dortmund sitting in the relegation zone may have been an unthinkable prospect in the Bundesliga at the start of the season.

Yet after 10 games they sit 17th with only seven points. 

It's all the more odd considering how they demolished Arsenal at the Westfalenstadion in September, but the form of Jurgen Klopp's side has evaporated. Now they have a further complication to contend with.

Captain Mats Hummels sprained his ankle ligaments in the 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday, and now faces a spell on the sidelines.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sport1 that he faces around three weeks out, and will not be available for the upcoming international break.

He has pencilled in a November 30 return against Eintracht Frankfurt, adding Hummels will certainly miss the game against Paderborn on the 22nd.

Watzke did not however address a key date in between, the Champions League tie away to Arsenal on November 26.

It is fair to take from his comment that Hummels faces a race against time to be fit for the fixture at The Emirates, and even then is no guarantee to start.

Dortmund have a three point advantage over Arsenal and 100 per cent record in the group, but the momentum is clearly against them, and Arsenal should be favourites to finish in top spot especially if Hummels misses the clash between the two.

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