Summary

  • Thomas Delaney to make Bundesliga debut.
  • Aubameyang missing for Dortmund.
  • BVB coach Thomas Tuchel juggles injury woes.

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SV Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund (Saturday, 15:30CET)

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Bremen coach Alexander Nouri will be relishing having key members of his squad available once more, with Claudio Pizarro and Clemens Fritz back to full fitness. Luca Caldirola made a second-half appearance in a friendly against Eintracht Braunschweig last week, but a starting XI call up for the Italian seems unlikely. Izet Hajrovic is still out of action for the time being as the Bosnian continues to recover from a knee operation.

Watch: Highlights of Bremen's 1-1 draw away at Hoffenheim on Matchday 16:

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is without top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is representing Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations, while there are several other absentees. First choice goalkeeper Roman Bürki is still recovering from a broken hand; knee issues continue to plague both Neven Subotic and Nuri Sahin; and Sven Bender faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an injury in a recent friendly with SC Paderborn. However Tuchel will see how Sokratis came through training following an ankle problem, and Ousmane Dembele will also be assessed after a hip injury. Marco Reus is likely to shoulder the attacking responsibilities in Aubameyang's absence.

Watch: Highlights of Dortmund's 1-1 draw with Augsburg on Matchday 16:

Bremen possible line-up: Drobny - Bauer, Sane, Mosander, S. Garcia - Fritz, Delaney - Bartels, Gnabry - Kruse, Pizarro

Absentees: Hajrovic (knee), Bargfrede (Achilles), Grillitsch (shoulder), Junuzovic (muscle strain),

Coach: Alexander Nouri

Dortmund possible line-up: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer - Castro, Weigl - Götze, Kagawa, Schürrle - Reus

Absentees: Bürki (broken hand), Subotic and Sahin (both knee), Aubameyang (AFCON), Bender (ligaments)

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

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