Sahin ruled out for the season

Posted on April 19, 2011


Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has been ruled out for the rest of the domestic season with a knee injury picked up in Sunday’s win over Freiburg.

The 22-year-old German-born Turkish international has been a huge part of Jurgen Klopp’s impressive young BvB side this season who are on course for their first league championship in nine years.

Sahin told BILD: “”I am totally exhausted and just plain disappointed. I was hoping that at least for the last two games I’d be able to play for the title,”

The impact of Sahin’s injury may be cushioned with the Bundesliga shield almost certainly heading for Dortmund. BvB are eight points clear of Bayer Leverkusen after Jupp Heynckes witnessed his side crushed by FC Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday afternoon.

As I posted last week (, Borussia Dortmund may struggle to replace Nuri Sahin from now until the end of the season. The lack of options in midfield will be a concern for Klopp and with Sebastien Kehl set to be on the sidelines even longer, Antonio Da Silva may be the likely choice to replace the Turkish International in the middle of the park.

Dortmund have recieved deserved plaudits this season for playing some excellent football with a young side that has an average age of between 23. Sahin, at just 22, was one of the more experienced players within the Dortmund setup and has brought a calm head to the first-team this season.

Sahin and his midfield partner Sven Bender complement each other extremeley well. 21-year-old Bender offers a defensive shield to the back-four and holds his position when Dortmund are on the attack and both full-backs commit forward.

Sahin, on the other hand, plays an integral role in starting attacks and providing service to the ‘flair’ players such as Mario Gotze and Shinji Kagawa. The midfielder has a 71% passing completion rate in his 30 Bundesliga appearances this season.

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