Having picked up a groin injury in Borussia Dortmund’s 0-0 draw at Freiburg, Marc Bartra was in a race against time to be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday in the Champions League. The Spanish defender has lost the race.
Peter Bosz and his Dortmund squad travelled to London on Tuesday without Spanish international defender Bartra. The 26-year-old defender failed a late fitness test, forcing the Dutch coach to leave him out of the squad to play at Wembley on Wednesday.
Dortmund’s opening group stage game marks the first of six games in the space of just 17 days, and an injury crisis has plagued Bosz’s squad early in the season.
Die Schwarzgelben were already without Marco Reus (ankle ligament), Marcel Schmelzer (ankle ligament), Raphael Guerreiro (ankle), Andre Schürrle (muscular), Erik Durm (hip) and Sebastian Rode (ankle).