André Schürrle is set to miss the first four weeks of the new Bundesliga season after tearing his thigh muscle, Borussia Dortmund confirmed on Wednesday. His latest setback means Schürrle will miss Dortmund's trip to Wolfsburg on Saturday in their opening league match of the new campaign.
Schurrle's ongoing fitness struggles
The 26-year-old has been dogged by injury since joining Dortmund in July 2016 for 30 million euros from Wolfsburg. He was signed to great fanfare but struggled for form last season, managing just two goals and three assists in 15 Bundesliga games. The highlight was his equaliser in Borussia's 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League.
Last Saturday, Schürrle played in Dortmund's 4-0 German Cup win against minnows Rielasingen-Arlen, who play in the sixth tier of German football, but his muscle tear injury means he will remain out until mid-September at the earliest. Recent arrival Maximilian Philipp, who Dortmund bought from Freiburg for 20 million euros in July, looks set to come into the side as a replacement.