"Do I look injured, boss?!" Erling Haaland (l.) is set to play under Borussia Dortmund caretaker coach Edin Terzic (r.) for the first time in the new year. - © imago
"Do I look injured, boss?!" Erling Haaland (l.) is set to play under Borussia Dortmund caretaker coach Edin Terzic (r.) for the first time in the new year. - © imago
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"Erling Haaland back for start of January" - Borussia Dortmund interim coach Edin Terzic

Borussia Dortmund top scorer Erling Haaland should be fit for the Bundesliga restart, according to caretaker coach Edin Terzic.

Haaland, 20, missed Dortmund's final seven competitive games of the calendar year with a hamstring tear, but recently returned to training after undergoing a successful rehabilitation programme in Qatar.

All things considered, Terzic - who replaced Lucien Favre on a temporary basis on 13 December - is optimistic he'll be able to count on the 2020 Golden Boy when BVB resume their Bundesliga campaign at home to Wolfsburg on 3 January.

"We're happy to have him back," said Dortmund's temporary coach ahead of his team's 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig in the DFB Cup second round. "He's completely on schedule, and we expect him to be back in a full capacity at the start of January."

Dortmund recorded just three wins in the absence of their 17-goal top scorer, who had found the net at least once in all but four of his 14 competitive appearances in 2020/21 prior to his injury. Since joining the club from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, he has registered some 33 goals and six assists in 32 matches, including 10 in eight Bundesliga games this season.

Haaland's projected return is timely to say the least, with Dortmund having fallen eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich, to fifth in the table, after 13 rounds of fixtures. Title rivals Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are among the six teams they will face in the Bundesliga in January alone. The Black-Yellows also have La Liga's Sevilla to come in the UEFA Champions League last-16, and are through to the same stage of the DFB Cup.

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"The facilities and the clinicians I met at Aspetar were excellent," Haaland affirmed prior to the Bundesliga's truncated winter break. "I have recovered from my injury and look forward to be playing matches soon."