Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com's weekday feature, casts an eye over some of the offbeat and occasionally controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight sides.

Today, we take a look at Borussia Mönchengladbach's injury-hit back four, check in with Borussia Dortmund's selfie-purveying stars and find out which FC Schalke 04 favourite has been busy preening himself ahead of the Bundesliga restart...

It looks like Gladbach centre-back Alvaro Dominguez could return to the fold sooner than anticipated, with Tony Jantschke and Roel Brouwers both major doubts for the Foals' Friday night encounter at home to Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München. The Spaniard insists he is "ready" to rock and roll, despite not featuring in a competitive outing since tearing abductor muscles at the start of October. You see, Herr Favre, there’s no need to panic after all.