Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre remains unsure when Marco Reus will return from a muscle injury.

Reus was forced off during his side's DFB-Pokal loss to Werder Bremen on February 2, with the Bundesliga club initially announcing he would not return to training again for four weeks.

Favre confirmed on Thursday that while the Germany forward is now working indoors as he continues his recovery, he will not be involved when Dortmund travel to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

"I can't tell you the exact time when he will return. He started his indoor training yesterday, but that's all I can say about this," Favre told a news conference.

Reus' fitness is a major concern ahead of the Champions League last-16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain next Wednesday.

They were without their captain for the first meeting at Signal Iduna Park, where Erling Haaland scored twice to secure a 2-1 victory over their French opponents.

With Reus still sidelined, Favre could turn to Mario Gotze ahead of a busy schedule that the Dortmund head coach described as an "English week" during his pre-match press conference.

Gotze has featured sparingly this season, making 13 league appearances, and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Asked if the 2014 World Cup winner may be more heavily involved, Favre replied: "We will see about that. But it is possible, because we are going to have an English week playing on Saturday, Wednesday and again on Saturday.

"It is going really fast and everybody has to prepare for this. We will already see about this tomorrow. He keeps going in the training and performs very well, so everything is possible.

"There are still 10 matches ahead of us in the championship, so everything can happen. Everything happens really fast in football."

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland must still convince Lucien Favre of his match fitness despite a sensational start to life in Germany.

Haaland arrived at Signal Iduna Park from RB Salzburg last month, billed as one of the hottest properties in European football, and the teenage striker has certainly not disappointed.

He scored a hat-trick from the bench to inspire a 5-3 comeback win over Augsburg on debut and followed that with a brace in a 5-1 rout of Cologne.

The Norway international was at the double once more on his first start, with Union Berlin dismissed 5-0, although he was a substitute once more for the DFB-Pokal tie at Werder Bremen in midweek.

Naturally, Haaland scored after his introduction, although BVB fell to a 3-2 defeat.

Asked whether he regretted not starting the in-form forward, Favre kept his sights trained on the bigger picture at a Thursday news conference.

"As I said, I am the first one to [know whether to] let him play from the beginning," he said.

"You don't know his fitness like I do. So, we have to be careful. We have to be reasonable.

"Of course, I would like to let him play all games, but we still have to be careful with him sometimes.

"He is 19 years old and I speak about the pre-season and old injuries. We have to be reasonable."

Favre's hand might be forced, however, given his forward line will be without Marco Reus when they travel to face Bayer Leverkusen this weekend. 

"Unfortunately, Marco is injured now. It happened in the last minute. I am very sorry for him," said Favre, with his captain set for a four-week spell on the sidelines due to a muscular complaint that will cause him to miss the Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on February 18.

"But Marco is still very important and will be important for the team. There are several options how to replace him, but it depends on the system. Today it’s still not decided."

Emre Can, a deadline-day arrival on an initial loan from Juventus, made a substitute cameo against Werder and could make his league debut for Dortmund against old employers Leverkusen.

"We have to see him in training, how he feels. He did not play a lot [at Juventus this season]," Favre added.

"He made a good impression yesterday. The training was very long and intense. He did very well.

"He has to show in training what he is able to do. We know he can play as a defender with a back three but also in the midfield as six or eight, also in a 4-3-3.

"We will see because right now I cannot tell you exactly."

Marco Reus will be sidelined for at least four weeks after suffering a muscle injury in Borussia Dortmund's DFB-Pokal loss to Werder Bremen on Tuesday. 

Lucien Favre's side were beaten 3-2 by the Bundesliga strugglers as Reus was forced off in the closing stages of a damaging evening for the visitors. 

Dortmund tweeted on Wednesday to confirm their captain would not be fit to return to training until next month, ruling him out of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on February 18.

"Captain Marco Reus contracted a muscle injury in the DFB-Pokal," the tweet read.

"According to the current status, he will be able to start training again in around four weeks."

That timeframe would rule the attacking midfielder out of the next four top-flight matches, but he could be back in the reckoning for the trip to Paris on March 11.

Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre will make a late call on whether to hand Erling Haaland a Bundesliga debut at Augsburg this weekend.

Dortmund beat off interest from a host of heavyweight European clubs to land the 19-year-old striker last month, paying a release clause of €22.5million to Salzburg.

Haaland netted 28 goals in 22 appearances for the Austrian champions this season but Favre conceded to concerns over his match fitness after missing the start of Dortmund's mid-season training camp.

"As I said, we'll see. Now, I can't say," Favre told reporters.

"But he didn't train from December 10 until the end of December. At the beginning of our training camp in Marbella he didn't train, too.

"The time for the preparation was also really short. But yesterday he ran a lot and it was okay."

Favre might be tempted not to rush Haaland with club captain Marco Reus and Thorgan Hazard set to bolster his frontline, having returned from their respective muscular injuries.

"The injured players trained a lot. Marco Reus and Thorgan Hazard trained every day," Favre added.

"They were every day here. We'll see if they can play.

"In terms of injury, Marcel Schmelzer can't play on Saturday, Tobias Raschl didn't train this week and Thomas Delaney can't play, too."

Dortmund sit fourth in an intriguingly poised Bundesliga table, three points behind champions Bayern Munich and seven shy of leaders RB Leipzig at the halfway stage.

Marco Reus lavished praise on his new Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland, convinced the club has not had a player like him since Robert Lewandowski.

Dortmund reportedly saw off competition from a host of major European clubs to land the young Norwegian striker, who joined at the start of this month after his move was confirmed in December.

Haaland emerged as one of Europe's most sought-after players after starring for Salzburg, scoring 28 goals in 22 matches this season.

Manchester United, Juventus and RB Leipzig were among the clubs said to be interested in the 19-year-old before BVB reported paid a relatively modest fee of €20million.

Reus says the teenager must be given time to settle in, but is adamant he has not seen a forward of Haaland's ilk at the club since Lewandowski left for Bayern Munich in 2014.

"He's very open-minded and it's important to get to know everyone first - a training camp like this is ideal," Reus told Sky Deutschland during Dortmund's mid-season break in Marbella.

"Now it's about getting really fit, arriving properly. It will take time, we'll give it to him. He just gives us another input, another way we can play.

"I don't think we have had this type of player since Lewy [Lewandowski]. He gives us the opportunity to be more flexible and able to react to different scores.

"It makes us feel good. Now he has to get well and get to know everyone properly - we have to, too. We have to go with him and his strengths, but that will all happen over time.

"Paco [Alcacer] really boomed at the beginning, then he was injured longer. Then the coach decided differently.

"As I said, Haaland gives us many opportunities to play football, but ultimately the coach has to decide who will be used.

"For me and other players, we have new options with Haaland, sometimes long balls. In football it's important to be flexible and we have achieved that.

"We have now got a very good striker and with it new options, so we're well positioned."

A common criticism of Dortmund in recent years has been the perceived lack of bite in the team, that they are too nice – but Reus does not agree, insisting having "an absolute b*****d" in the team is not necessary.

"No, I don't think so," he said when asked if Dortmund were missing a "dirtbag" player. "We had the discussion last year, too.

"The squad is put together in the way that the responsible persons had imagined it, how the coach imagined it. We have enough quality in the squad.

"We don't need someone who's an absolute b*****d. We'll solve it our way, even if it's not always right.

"So, we don't have to worry about it. We'll have to improve our games, we know that, but we don't necessarily need a 'dirtbag' for that."

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been rewarded for his brilliant display up against Raheem Sterling in the Manchester derby, earning inclusion in FIFA Ultimate Team's latest Team of the Week.

Manchester United claimed a fine 2-1 win at the home of the champions on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial getting the goals.

But arguably just as vital was the performance of Wan-Bissaka at right-back, as the England Under-21 international played an integral role in nullifying Sterling, one of the Premier League's form players.

Wan-Bissaka completed a match-high five tackles – one a last-ditch challenge to deny Sterling what looked set to be a certain goal – and also made seven clearances.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane is back in the TOTW for the second time, while Serie A's chief creator Luis Alberto lines up in midfield having set up another two goals in Lazio's 3-1 win over Juventus, taking his campaign tally to 11, five more than anyone else in the competition.

Unsurprisingly there is also a place in the team for Real Betis' Joaquin after he became the oldest player in LaLiga history to score a hat-trick, while Memphis Depay and Marco Reus lead the line.

Below, we take a look at the latest squad in full.

FUT TEAM OF THE WEEK

GK: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – 83

CB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) – 82

CB: Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 83

CB: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – 86

LM: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 90

CDM: Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 85

CDM: Luis Alberto (Lazio) – 87

CM: Morgan Sanson (Marseille) – 82

RM: Joaquin (Real Betis) – 83

CF: Memphis Depay (Lyon) – 86

CF: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) – 89

SUBSTITUTES:

GK: Luigi Sepe (Parma) – 81

CB: Guillermo Maripan (Monaco) – 82

LM: Cristian Ansaldi (Torino) – 82

CAM: Matheus Pereira (West Brom) – 81

ST: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 84

ST: Cristhian Stuani (Girona) – 82

RF: Lukas Podolski (Vissel Kobe) – 81

RESERVES:

CM: Cristian Battocchio (Brest) – 78

CM: Carlos Sierra (America de Cali) – 73

ST: Vinicius (Benfica) – 79

ST: Adam Le Fondre (Sydney FC) – 78

ST: Josh Maja (Bordeaux) – 75

Marco Reus said Borussia Dortmund are lacking both luck and confidence following a Champions League loss at Barcelona.

Dortmund slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Camp Nou on Wednesday with Lionel Messi providing two assists, scoring and hitting the crossbar in a superb showing on his 700th appearance for Barca.

Although Jadon Sancho inspired Dortmund from the bench after his half-time arrival, scoring once and forcing Marc-Andre ter Stegen to turn a drive onto the crossbar, Dortmund are without a win in three games in all competitions.

They have conceded 10 times during that run to pile the pressure on under-fire coach Lucien Favre with Reus accepting Dortmund, who now need help from elsewhere to qualify for the last 16, are struggling.

"We knew what we were up against," Reus said.

"We moved the ball well enough, but had problems with penetration in the final third.

"If we lose the ball there, we have to be braver when pressing and do so with more energy.

"Currently things are not going in the right direction for us. We are lacking some good luck as well. 

"It is always our goal to win a game, but I have to admit we are not full of confidence."

Dortmund are at home to Slavia Prague on matchday six next month but will not qualify if Inter beat Barca at San Siro.

Marco Reus said he was "ashamed" of Borussia Dortmund's performance in a 3-3 Bundesliga draw at home to Paderborn despite his late equaliser salvaging a point.

Dortmund, beaten 4-0 away to Bayern Munich in their last match before the international break, were 3-0 down at half-time in Friday's clash against the league's bottom side.

Streli Mamba struck twice and Gerrit Holtmann was also on target for Steffen Baumgart's side, while Dortmund lost striker Paco Alcacer to injury before the interval.

Dortmund improved after the break, with Jadon Sancho reducing the deficit two minutes after the restart, and Axel Witsel gave the hosts further hope by scoring with six minutes to go.

Sancho then crossed for Reus to nod home the leveller in the second minute of added time to spare Dortmund an embarrassing defeat, though the captain was unimpressed with his side.

"We can never play like that again," he told DAZN after Dortmund missed the chance to move up to second place in the table. 

"It was an absolutely poor performance and we are ashamed. We apologise to all our fans."

Pressure has been growing on Lucien Favre, whose side came from two goals down to beat Inter in the Champions League this month, but Reus defended the under-fire Dortmund coach.

"The coach puts us in a great position every time. We're responsible for putting our performance on the pitch, and we do not have to talk about the coach, but about us," the forward said. 

"If 80,000 people come here on a Friday night, we cannot offer that."

Dortmund will be eight points off the top of the table if Borussia Monchengladbach win at Union Berlin on Saturday.

Lucien Favre urged Borussia Dortmund to forget their Der Klassiker humbling as they prepare to host Paderborn on Friday.

Dortmund were crushed 4-0 by Bayern Munich in their final game before the international break and are sixth in the Bundesliga table.

Favre, who is under pressure at the helm, is eager for Dortmund to put that result behind them as they prepare to resume their campaign.

"We played badly against Bayern Munich, that is clear," the head coach told a news conference on Wednesday.

"We still had the previous victory against Inter [in the Champions League] fresh in our minds. Not all players, but some.

"But such a loss can happen. We have to look ahead. We still have eight games, we have to keep going and think about our performance from game to game."

Thomas Delaney (ankle) has been ruled out until January for Dortmund, while Favre was unsure about Nico Schulz's availability but said Marco Reus trained "OK" during the week.

With the international break over, Favre wants Dortmund focused on club duties for the rest of 2020.

"We still have eight games until Christmas. We have to focus on those games," he said.

"We have six league games and two Champions League games. Dortmund will be their sole focus now until the end of the year.

"The players should no longer have their national teams in mind. That is important."

Dortmund are sixth in the Bundesliga, but just six points off league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Marco Reus is among the substitutes for Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga clash with Bayern Munich - but Jadon Sancho has recovered from a hamstring injury to start the game on Saturday.

An ankle injury meant Reus missed Dortmund's 3-2 Champions League win over Inter and coach Lucien Favre has opted not to risk him from the start at Allianz Arena.

Dortmund arrived in Munich unbeaten in four games in all competitions and Favre named Mario Gotze, Sancho, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard in an attacking line-up, with Reus and Paco Alcacer on the bench.

Bayern interim coach Hansi Flick kept faith with the side that beat Olympiacos in midweek, as he aimed to help the reigning German champions bounce back from a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in their previous Bundesliga outing.

That result was the final game in charge for Niko Kovac, who left the club on Sunday.

Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus are still doubts for Borussia Dortmund's Klassiker clash with rivals Bayern Munich on Saturday, according to coach Lucien Favre.

Reus was absent for Tuesday's 3-2 Champions League win over Inter due to an ankle injury, while Sancho sustained a hamstring strain in the second half.

The pair have scored eight of Dortmund's 23 Bundesliga goals this term, while the England international also has five assists.

Both are at risk of missing the trip to the Allianz Arena, with Favre's men looking to keep the pressure on leaders Borussia Monchengladbach and potentially go four points clear of Bayern, who will be coached by Hansi Flick for the first time in the Bundesliga.

Favre confirmed Reus and Sancho will be assessed on Friday and seemed reluctant to risk either.

"We have to wait for both," Favre told a news conference. "We do not know if they'll train or not, we'll see tomorrow [Friday].

"We have two or three players still in that situation. We need them to be fit and then we'll decide which team to play in which system. A player has to be fit, no matter what the game."

Dortmund have a wretched recent record against Bayern, having not won a league game at the Allianz Arena since April 2014 and lost their two most recent trips 5-0 and 6-0.

But Favre insists BVB are not scared of the club that sacked Niko Kovac on Sunday as a result of their 5-1 humiliation by Eintracht Frankfurt, with his team seemingly back on track with three straight victories after a run of two wins in eight games.

"We have always stayed positive and have looked forward," Favre said. "It was a difficult phase, and if we draw once away, that is the end of the world in Dortmund. It was not as bad as it was said.

"It has been very difficult here in the last five years, we have nothing to lose, we respect Bayern a lot, they are a top team, but we are not afraid."

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc added: "It [Der Klassiker] is a bit special, it's very important clubs in the Bundesliga, it's a very important game.

"For many, it's the most interesting game of the season. It is a very special game. You can tell that in build-up and reaction, because the game has a special impact on the future."

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus is in doubt for Tuesday's Champions League fixture against Inter due to an ankle problem.

Reus was forced off after just 28 minutes of Dortmund's 3-0 Bundesliga victory over Wolfsburg.

Dortmund announced on Sunday that the 30-year-old's chances of playing in the match would "be determined after further analysis on his ankle injury".

Reus' replacement, Mario Gotze, scored in Dortmund's victory that was secured by three second-half goals.

Dortmund sit second in the Bundesliga table, three points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Inter visit Germany on Tuesday for a crucial Group F encounter, with both sides on four points after Antonio Conte's men beat BVB 2-0 at San Siro on the previous matchday.

With Barcelona already three points clear on top of the group, it could be a battle between Inter and Dortmund for second - a position that would see them reach the last 16.

Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are still yet to return to training for Borussia Dortmund.

Club captain Reus sat out of Wednesday's 2-1 DFB-Pokal win over Borussia Monchengladbach with a muscular injury.

The Germany forward had only returned from a bout of illness ahead of last weekend's 0-0 Revierderby draw at Schalke and centre-back Hummels is now laid low with a sickness bug of his own.

Goalkeeper Roman Burki, who has also been ill, is back working with his team-mates ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga game against Wolfsburg at Signal Iduna Park.

"Roman Burki trained and is feeling good. Marco Reus and Mats Hummels did not. We still have to wait on their progress," head coach Lucien Favre said.

Julian Brandt could be called upon to start if Reus remains sidelined and Favre praised the former Bayer Leverkusen star, who scored for the first time since the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season with a brace to down Gladbach.

"Julian Brandt stood tall and played a great game from [attacking] midfield," he said. "Not only did he score two goals, he also effectively helped out in defence."

Dortmund lie fifth in the Bundesliga, a point and a place behind Wolfsburg after nine matches.

Borussia Dortmund are set to be boosted by the all-important return of captain Marco Reus for the derby against Schalke, but Marcel Schmelzer and Paco Alcacer remain out.

Reus missed the Champions League defeat at Inter due to illness, while hip and calf issues respectively kept Schmelzer and Alcacer out of action.

However, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre revealed on the eve of the crunch clash with Schalke that forward Reus should be available.

"We have to wait, but Marco is much better," Favre told a news conference on Friday. "I cannot say definitely, but there is a good chance that he will play tomorrow.

"Of course, his return is important. When we play the 4-2-3-1, he is very important. He has proved that for months.

"However, there are a few players who still have illnesses, so we have to wait. Marcel and Paco will definitely not be fit."

Pressure has been building on Favre amid links between Dortmund and Jose Mourinho, but the BVB coach was not interested in exaggerating the tension around this match.

"We have pressure before every game," Favre said. "It is an important game - that is clear - it's a derby."

Opposite number David Wagner, a former Dortmund II coach, is relishing his first experience of the Revierderby as Schalke boss.

Wagner also has little sympathy for Dortmund, whose midweek commitments impacted upon their preparations.

"We can't wait to get started," the former Huddersfield Town manager said. "I really don't care [about Dortmund's preparations], to be honest.

"I don't think you can automatically draw any advantages or disadvantages from it - not even with the latest result. That's completely irrelevant. What happens before the derby does not matter."

Marco Reus will miss Borussia Dortmund's Champions League trip to Inter due to illness.

Dortmund captain Reus completed 90 minutes despite feeling unwell on Saturday, scoring a 58th-minute winner against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

But those exertions appear to have taken a toll after BVB announced the 30-year-old Germany forward will not travel to Milan for Wednesday's match.

Striker Paco Alcacer (calf) and left-back Marcel Schmelzer (hip) are also absentees.

Being without Reus and Alcacer means head coach Lucien Favre is even more likely to recall Jadon Sancho after the England winger was dropped for the Gladbach game following a late return from international duty.

Dortmund are top of Group F after two matches, leading Barcelona on goal difference and three points better off than Antonio Conte's Inter.

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