Dortmund to wait on Haaland’s fitness for German Cup final

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Berlin (AFP)

Borussia Dortmund should wait to see whether or not star striker Erling Braut Haaland will probably be match to play in Thursday’s German Cup last in opposition to RB Leipzig.

Dortmund coach Edin Terzic hopes to incorporate him at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium after deep bruising sidelined Haaland for the final two matches, together with a 3-2 residence league win in opposition to Leipzig in final Saturday’s cup last rehearsal.

Haaland has scored 37 targets in 38 video games for Dortmund this season in all competitions.

The 20-year-old spurned a time off on Monday for additional remedy and skilled with the Dortmund squad on Tuesday, then took half in Wednesday’s last session in Berlin.

“Haaland seemed fairly respectable. We did not put him beneath full stress, we simply examined him,” stated Terzic.

“We wish to see how he reacts after at present’s coaching.”

Dortmund have scored eight targets of their final two video games with out Haaland, who is raring to win his first title with Dortmund.

“Every footballer desires of profitable titles – I really feel the identical manner,” Haaland advised Wednesday’s version of German every day Bild.

“And our followers actually should have fun one thing in these tough occasions too,” he added with the ultimate performed behind closed doorways for the second 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“But Leipzig will probably be a really robust opponent.”

Haaland is beneath contract till 2024, however a reported exit clause — for 75 million euros ($90 million) — turns into energetic in 2022.

His agent has speculated Haaland may depart on the finish of the season, particularly if Dortmund, who’re presently fourth within the Bundesliga desk, miss out on Champions League qualification.

Bayern Munich board member Oliver Kahn has advised journal Sport Bild that making a bid for Haaland of “greater than 100 million euros is presently unthinkable for FC Bayern”.

In the Berlin cup last, Red Bull-backed RB Leipzig, who have been solely based in 2009, can win the primary main title within the membership’s fledgling historical past.

Julian Nagelsmann, 33, who’s leaving after two years as Leipzig coach to take the helm at Bayern Munich subsequent season, is hoping to log out with the primary senior title of his teaching profession.

Leipzig will probably be with out injured US midfielder Tyler Adams and left-back Angelinho.

“I’d be very pleased if I may depart Leipzig having received the German Cup and the final two (remaining) Bundesliga video games,” Nagelsmann stated Wednesday.

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