Julian Brandt’s Injury: Outer Ligament Tear

Julian Brandt's injury

Brandt clings to his right foot following a strong challenge in Dortmund's loss to Leverkusen.

Julian Brandt’s injury has been listed as an outer ligament tear stemming from a foul during the match against Leverkusen. Gio Reyna replaced the injured Brandt to start the second half, but Dortmund have other options for Brandt’s replacement. The timeline for his return remains unclear, but Dortmund have ruled out a return for Friday’s match with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Julian Brandt's injury
Julian Brandt grimacing in pain following a strong challenge in the opening minutes of Dortmund’s loss to Leverkusen.

Julian Brandt’s injury comes at a terrible time for a seemingly surging Dortmund side that trails Bayern and Leipzig by 4 and 3 points, respectively. Additionally, Brandt’s injury comes just days after Marco Reus was ruled out for 4 weeks with his own muscle injury.

Brandt’s absence won’t be an easy obstacle for Dortmund to overcome. The versatile midfielder has scored one goal and assisted two others in his last 3 league matches. However, Brandt’s impact on the attack extends beyond creating and finishing chances. The 23-year-old’s ability to create space on and off the ball has created countless chances that may be lacking in his absence.

Julian Brandt’s Potential Replacements

Brandt and Reus’ coinciding injuries leave major gaps up front for Dortmund, and replacing them won’t be easy. Gio Reyna has shown promise in his limited minutes, scoring his first goal with Dortmund on a majestic strike in their Cup loss to Bremen. But Reyna’s inexperience could also be a liability. Erling Haaland has wreaked havoc in the final third, but he has undoubtedly benefited from Brandt’s impact.

Emre Can’s arrival may have been timely, as he too could replace the injured Brandt.  After scoring a jaw-dropping screamer in the loss to Leverkusen, he may have secured Brandt’s role for the time being. Regardless, Lucien Favre has some difficult decisions to make before Friday’s clash with Frankfurt.

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