Erling Haaland will not return for Borussia Dortmund this weekend, with Marco Rose calling on the other attackers to start pulling their weight.
Dortmund have been without Haaland for their past three matches after the striker sustained a muscular injury in the 3-2 win over Hoffenheim on January 22.
In his absence, BVB suffered heavy 5-2 and 4-2 losses to Bayer Leverkusen and Rangers respectively either side of a 3-0 win at Union Berlin.
Rose revealed Haaland would not be ready to feature against the coach’s former club Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
He laid down the gauntlet to the other attackers in the team, despite Dortmund having scored 57 goals – of which Haaland has contributed 16 – after 22 games this season. The only time they have managed more at the same point in a Bundesliga campaign was when they had 63 in 2019-20.
“Erling is not ready for the game. He has participated in parts of training, but he is not yet fully operational,” Rose told a news conference on Saturday.
“Others have to step into the breach. It’s not about wanting to sugarcoat anything.
“We’re now introducing Donny [Donyell] Malen to the Bundesliga and Dortmund. He’s felt like he’s taken one-to-two steps back in the last two games. Before that, I publicly praised him for his development here.
“If Erling isn’t there, others have to pull on the chains and prepare the gates. I have to say this, too; we won 3-0 in Berlin a few days ago. We kept a clean sheet after a long time.”
Gladbach will be aiming to make it three straight Bundesliga wins over Dortmund for the first time since 1981, but they have only triumphed once away to BVB in their past 16 attempts in all competitions.
“I know the team, of course, they have a lot of power, a lot of force, defend diligently. I think Gladbach will come here with confidence. But we have a home game, we want to win that at all costs, and we’ll give everything for that.”
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 19, 2022
BVB will be without defender Manuel Akanji due to a muscle tear sustained in the defeat to Rangers, while Marius Wolf is a doubt and Thomas Meunier will not play.
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