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Fantasy AnalysisAfter getting injured in the build-up to last weekend's game against FC Köln, Durm had to sit out that game as well as the encounter with Galatasaray. Now it has emerged that as of Thursday, he is till not back in training. Jurgen Klopp may well choose to move centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos to left-back to cover, after the experiment worked successfully against Galatasaray.
Fantasy AnalysisBender was taken off against Galatasaray Wednesday after falling on his elbow. After initially not being able to move his arm, it was feared that it was a break and that he'd be out long-term. However scans show no evidence of damage and training will show if he is fit enough to play. Jurgen Klopp said "the scans in Istanbul didn’t show any damage, so it looks like nothing is broken...It could have been a pinched nerve."
Fantasy AnalysisHaving been out since August, Schweinsteiger has now been seen in an individual training session going through numerous exercises. It is uncertain when he will return fully but there may now be a chance that the World Cup winner could be back in match action before the end of the year.
Fantasy AnalysisHuntelaar has now scored in his last four games for Schalke in all competitions. The Dutchman had a great game against Sporting Lisbon, battled well up front and got his reward when he finished expertly from Chinedu Obasi's pass on 50 minutes. Huntelaar is looking very sharp at the moment and will fancy himself to extend his four-game scoring streak against Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a tussle with Galatasary's Alex Telles on the touchline, Bender fell and damaged his elbow. He was subsequently replaced by Matthias Ginter after 55 minutes and taken to hospital and may now face a lengthy lay-off. "[Bender] told me that his elbow popped out," Jurgen Klopp said and the seriousness of the injury will be apparent shortly.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Weidenfeller's poor performance against FC Köln Saturday, the goalkeeper was still visibly a bit shaky. He made a mess of some early crosses but as he relaxed and Dortmund overwhelmed Galatasaray, Weidenfeller looked much more like his commanding self. He'll now turn his attention to keeping a consecutive clean sheet at the weekend against Hannover. Dortmund have failed to have one clean sheet in the Bundesliga this season, last having a league shut-out on May 10 against Hertha Berlin.
Fantasy AnalysisPapastathopoulos played in the rather unfamiliar position of left-back following last weekend's injury to Erik Durm. He was successful in the role, looking solid and making the best attempt to go forward when he could. However he did look a bit sluggish as he has for several games now, Papastathopoulos visibly suffering in his team's recent slump. That said, the experiment of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic in the middle of defense and Papastathopoulos and Lukasz Piszczek as full-backs looked pretty solid overall and Jurgen Klopp may well choose to go with the same back four Saturday when Dortmund entertain Hannover.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was Subotic's first start since October 1, having being dropped at Dortmund and falling out with management in the Serbian national team. It seems that Jurgen Klopp has tried to rescue Dortmund's terrible Bundesliga form by switching his defense around of late and Subotic has fallen victim of that. He will himself admit that his performances haven't been great since returning from injury and so losing his place to Sokratis Papastathopoulos is understandable. However back in the team, Subotic looked his solid best. He and Mats Hummels were a formidable defensive pairing and Subotic made a fantastic last ditch challenge on Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz in the second half. The Serbian looks to have got his edge back and that's great news for Dortmund.
Fantasy AnalysisKagawa was good in possession and helped make Dortmund a more cohesive unit in midfield. He missed an early one-on-one situation but grew into the game and assisted for Marco Reus' fine strike. The Japanese international nearly had a goal himself when he just shot wide but then had to be replaced on 82 minutes because of a hamstring injury, a worrying sight for Dortmund fans.
Fantasy AnalysisGündoğan replaced Mats Hummels after 69 minutes with his side in a commanding 3-0 lead. This made it easier for the midfielder, who has been out so long with injury, to ease into the game and continue re-gaining his match sharpness. He was successful, a neat pass to Adrian Ramos set up Dortmund's fourth goal and he'll be pushing for a start Saturday.