Borussia Dortmund given injury scare - just over one week before Newcastle United clash

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper was forced to withdraw just 26 minutes into his side’s Bundesliga clash at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Borussia Dortmund have played down fears that Gregor Kobel will be sidelined for next week’s Champions League clash against Newcastle United.

With Dortmund already trailing 2-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt, Kobel was forced to leave the field in the 26th minute after being caught in the face by teammate Nico Schlotterbeck. Alexander Meyer made his first appearance of the campaign as BVB battled back to draw 3-3 and maintain their unbeaten start to the new Bundesliga season.

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Kobel is expected to be available for the visit of Newcastle next Wednesday with both manager Edin Terzic and sporting director Sebastian Kehl providing positive updates after the game.

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“I don’t think it’s that dramatic. He won’t be out for long,” said Kehl. Terzic added: “He was a bit dizzy from the contact. He didn’t feel so safe. But he’s already smiling again.”

The Switzerland international impressed during his appearance at St James’ Park last Wednesday as he denied Callum Wilson from close range to help his side earn a 1-0 victory.

“I always try to help my team and be there when they need me,” said Kobel. “Towards the end, we had some luck when they hit the bar twice. Newcastle press extremely aggressively.

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“It was very intense. We were in a bad situation after the first two games with only one point and knew it was a must-win game. We showed a lot of effort and a lot of heart.”

Paris Saint-Germain top Group F with six points, while Newcastle and Dortmund are tied on four, but the latter sits 2nd based on head-to-head record.

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