As reported by Kicker, Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League have been given a boost. This is because PSG will be without midfielder Warren Zaïre-Emery for their impending clash at the Westfalenstadion in mid-December.
The 17-year-old has burst onto the scene in the French capital this season, establishing himself in Luis Enrique’s midfield due to phenomenal performances. This has led to Didier Deschamps calling up Zaïre-Emery to the French senior squad, subsequently making him the youngest player to represent the national side since 1914.
Zaïre-Emery went on to score France’s third goal in their 14-0 win against Gibraltar on Saturday, but his debut was overshadowed by a devastating tackle from Ethan Santos. It is now understood that the teenager suffered a sprained right ankle and will undergo treatment until the end of the year.
Therefore, Dortmund have received a boost in their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League. With them currently sitting at the top of Group F, a trip to Milan awaits before the home tie against PSG.
With just three points separating BvB in first and Newcastle in fourth, it appears that the final matchday will be decisive for all involved. As PSG turn up to the Westfalenstadion, they will be without their star midfielder, which is something that Dortmund will hope to take advantage of as they look to progress out of their group.
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