Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund to miss Axel Witsel's services until new year due to facial injury

  • Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel has undergone an operation after suffering a facial injury at home and has been ruled out of action until next year, manager Lucien Favre has said.

  • The 30-year-old Belgium international was hospitalised after falling at home, Favre told reporters ahead of Dortmund's Champions League clash against Slavia Prague later on Tuesday.

  • Witsel has made 18 appearances in the Champions League and Bundesliga this season, scoring three goals.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel has undergone an operation after suffering a facial injury at home and has been ruled out of action until next year, manager Lucien Favre has said.

The 30-year-old Belgium international was hospitalised after falling at home, Favre told reporters ahead of Dortmund’s Champions League clash against Slavia Prague later on Tuesday.

 Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund to miss Axel Witsels services until new year due to facial injury

Axel Witsel (R) has made 18 appearances in the Champions League and Bundesliga this season, scoring three goals. AP

“He won’t be able to play for the rest of the year ... It’s a shame for him and us, he’s an important player. Hopefully he is back as soon as possible,” he said.

Dortmund said in a statement on their website here that the operation was a success and Witsel had returned home to recover.

Witsel has made 18 appearances in the Champions League and Bundesliga this season, scoring three goals.

Dortmund are third in Champions League Group F, level on seven points with second-placed Inter Milan and four behind group leaders Barcelona.

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Updated Date: Dec 10, 2019 14:17:21 IST