Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund defender faces up to four weeks on the sidelines after breaking bones in his left hand in his team's 1-0 defeat at home to Hamburger SV on Saturday.
The defender underwent a successful operation on Saturday evening, adding to BVB's already lengthy injury list which includes Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ilkay Gündogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski, among others. Schmelzer has been restricted to just two league appearances this season after missing the first few games of the campaign with a groin injury sustained in Dortmund's Supercup victory over FC Bayern München in August.
Road to recovery
On Sunday afternoon Schmelzer posted a picture of himself on his Instagram account alongside the caption: "The operation went well. Now I have to work hard in order to get back on to the pitch as soon as possible."
Op ist gut verlaufen.. Nun heißt es gut arbeiten damit ich bald wieder auf dem Platz stehen kann.