SV Werder Bremen's newest signing Thomas Delaney will make his first appearance at the Weser Stadion.
SV Werder Bremen's newest signing Thomas Delaney will make his first appearance at the Weser Stadion.

Possible line-ups: SV Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund

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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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