By Coral Barry
Neven Subotic has been ruled out of Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League clash with Liverpool after the club confirmed he would miss the remainder of the season.
Liverpool travel to Dortmund next Thursday in a mouth-watering clash with Jurgen Klopp’s former side in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-finals.
Dortmund confirmed via their website that Subotic is suffering from a thrombosis problem in his arm and will not be able to compete in contact sports while he is recovering.
Subotic, 27, has been plagued by injury all season and has made just six league appearances for the Bundesliga chasing club.
The Serbian will be replaced by youngster Jon Stankovic who has yet to make his senior debut for Dortmund.
Klopp won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund in his seven years at the club and the Germans are again chasing glory this season.
Including the Europa League, Dortmund are still chasing three pieces of silverware as they remain five points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the league and are into the quarter-finals of the German Cup.
But first they must get past their former coach’s new side and Liverpool will be boosted by the news of Subotic’s absence with Dortmund’s squad stretched thin across three competitions.
Another injury concern of Dortmund’s that Liverpool will closely monitor is Ilkay Gundogan, who is set to miss the weekend’s league encounter with Werder Bremen.
Liverpool will be eager to do much better than the last English side that faced up to Dortmund after Tottenham were hammered 5-1 over two legs in the last round of the Europa League.
In other Liverpool news, summer target Mario Gotze has responded to criticism of his fitness levels.