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Marcel Schmelzer

26-Year-Old Defender     Borussia Dortmund  Bundesliga


Birthdate:  January 22, 1988    Nationality:  Germany    Height:  5' 11"    Weight:  163 lbs    

November 5, 2014    Marcel Schmelzer News

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Schmelzer made a surprise early return Tuesday following a hand injury, making the bench in Dortmund's 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray.

Schmelzer was ruled out for a month after breaking his hand against Hamburg in October but made a return ahead of schedule by appearing on the bench in the Champions League. Although the defender didn't make a playing return, his inclusion in the squad is a clear indication that Schmelzer is back to fitness.

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October 6, 2014

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Schmelzer has been ruled out for a month with a broken hand reports.

Schmelzer has joined Dortmund's extensive injury list after breaking his left hand Saturday and undergoing an operation in the evening. It's sad news for Schmelzer who has only just returned to the starting line-up after a groin injury, impressing in recent games with his defensive displays and dangerous set-pieces. "The operation went well" he says. "Now I have to work hard in order to get back on to the pitch as soon as possible." A struggling Dortmund side badly lacking in squad numbers must be desperately hoping that he will.

October 5, 2014

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Schmelzer kept his place in the starting line-up but could not prevent Dortmund losing 1-0 Saturday to Hamburg.

Schmelzer remained in the first team after impressing Wednesday against Belgian champions Anderlecht. Unfortunately he formed part of a static defence that was too easily opened up by the Hamburg front-line. He was influential going forward however with his forward runs and free-kicks, assisting Adrian Ramos' missed point-blank header. Will have a good chance of keeping his place for the next game as he offers much more creativity than other left-back option Erik Durm.

October 2, 2014

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Schmelzer kept a clean sheet and was a constant attacking threat as Dortmund easily overcame Anderlect 3-0 Wednesday in Champions League group D.

Schmelzer returned to first team action and played well, shutting out Anderlecht on the left wing and making several dangerous runs himself. He produced some great crosses and was unlucky not to score when opposition goalkeeper Silvio Proto just managed to keep him out. A much improved performance from a player who has struggled to find form this season and stakes his claim for a starting place at the weekend.

September 25, 2014

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Schmelzer conceded two and assisted one as Dortmund limped to a 2-2 draw Wednesday against Stuttgart.

Schmelzer put in a lacklustre defensive display as Dortmund's faltering season continued. His sloppy clearance in the second half helped Stuttgart race into a two-goal lead and his defensive work in general left a lot to be desired. Although losing his clean sheet, Schmelzer did make a telling contribution by providing a late free-kick assist for Ciro Immobile's equaliser. After replacing Erik Drum in defence for his first league appearance of the season, Schmelzer overall did not grasp the opportunity to shine. He will need to do much better next time out to hold down a first team place, whether he'll get that chance at the weekend is uncertain.

October 1, 2013

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Schmelzer will miss the next three weeks after suffering a thigh tear, reports.

Schmelzer, who picked up the injury during training last Friday, is out for Tuesday's Champions League match against Marseille. It's possible that he could return for Dortumund's next Champions League match, which comes October 22 against Arsenal.

September 9, 2013

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Schmelzer is expected to be fit for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Faroe Islands, reports.

Schmelzer was hit in the face during last Friday's 3-0 victory over Austria and it was feared that he could miss Tuesday's clash. However, it sounds like he'll be good to go, which will also allow him to play in Dortmund's Bundesliga match against Hamburger SV on Saturday.