Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose has ruled Giovanni Reyna and Erling Haaland out of his immediate plans, but the hope is that both will be ready to resume domestic action after the international break.
United States international playmaker Reyna has been sidelined since picking up a hamstring injury while away with his country in September.
He will not be rushed back for a Bundesliga clash against Augsburg on Saturday, with Rose looking for the talented 18-year-old’s next appearance to come against Mainz on October 16.
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Asked for an update on Reyna’s fitness, Rose told reporters: “We hope to get Gio Reyna fit for Mainz [Oct. 16] and will also play a test match during the break.”
U.S. men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter left Reyna off his call-up list for October. Although the player has been out of action since the Sept. 2 injury he picked up in a 0-0 draw in El Salvador, Berhalter didn’t rule out the chance that Reyna could join the U.S. team, but he called such a development “unlikely” because of his lack of recent training. Rose’s comments would seem to rule it out definitively.
Erling Haaland injury
Dortmund are also desperate to have their star striker Haaland back at their disposal as quickly as possible.
The prolific Norwegian striker, who has netted 11 goals through eight appearances this season, sat out a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach and a 1-0 Champions League win over Sporting CP with a thigh problem.
The injury will prevent Haaland from joining Norway for World Cup qualifying duty, with Rose hoping to see the talismanic striker return to full health.
“He will stay with us for the time being and not travel to the Norwegian national team,” Rose confirmed.
Jude Bellingham staying back
Reyna and Haaland will be taking enforced absences during the next round of international fixtures, but they will be joined in the Dortmund camp by Jude Bellingham.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been left out of the latest England squad, with Rose pleased to see his hot prospect granted a much-needed rest.
“Jude Bellingham always wants to play, but it is a good decision by the England coach not to select him,” Rose said.
“The last weeks and months have been intense. We have to take care of the boys, the decision is very smart.”