Monday Kickoff: Dortmund injury crisis deepens; PSG linked with Pogba signing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Borussia Dortmund’s injury crisis has worsened heading into their German Cup round of 16 on Tuesday.

Though Jurgen Klopp’s side won against his former team Mainz 05, 3-1, on Saturday, Dortmund lost three more players to injury in the first half. Sven Bender (thigh) was forced off in the 33rd minute for Nuri Sahin, while Jakob Blaszczykowski (hip) and Marco Reus (calf) both were taken off at halftime.

The injuries continue to mount as Dortmund prepare for their German Cup match against FC Saarbrucken of the 3. Liga. Reus, Bender, Blaszczykowski, and Sahin join the likes of Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, and Ilkay Gundogan on the sidelines for the UEFA Champions League finalists from a year ago.

Here are some more stories to start your Monday:

PSG LINKED WITH EMERGING POGBA

One of the emerging stars of the last 12 months is Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who has gone from obscurity in the Manchester United academy to starting alongside Andrea Pirlo for club and Franck Ribery for country.

Now, big money spenders Paris Saint-Germain have Pogba on their radar, and according to a report in Le Parisien in France, they’re interested in signing him next summer as a replacement for out-of-contract Blaise Matuidi. The 20-year-old Pogba is from an eastern suburb of Paris and has the same agent as current PSG players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Maxwell.

The report doesn’t state a price but with a contract at Juventus through 2016, it is likely to take a large amount of money for a transfer to be agreed. This season, Pogba has taken a bigger role with the Italian champions, playing 20 times and scoring five goals in all competitions. Pogba has also earned seven caps for the France National Team in the last nine months and looks very likely to make the World Cup squad.

QUICK KICKS

English Premier League clubs spent a record £96 million ($157 million) on agents fees in the last 12 months, an increase in £19 million ($31 million) from the year before. (REPORT)

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is set to miss the next two months with an ankle ligament strain. (REPORT)

With Fulham in the relegation zone after their fifth straight loss, the club have parted ways with Martin Jol and promoted Rene Meulensteen to interim manager. (REPORT)

Eleven people in Estonia have been charged with match-fixing suspicions, with reports that three Europa League games were among those fixed. (REPORT)

The Catalonian National Team will play Cape Verde in their annual winter match on December 30 at the Barcelona Olympic Stadium. (REPORT)

Last season’s Brazilian Serie A champion, Fluminense, is in danger of being relegated, while current Copa Sudamericana finalist Ponte Preta is already heading to the Serie B next season. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? See Dortmund signing some more players in January as injury cover? Think that Pogba could move next summer to PSG?

Share your thoughts below.

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5 Responses to Monday Kickoff: Dortmund injury crisis deepens; PSG linked with Pogba signing; and more

  1. Increase says:

    Dortmund is really down to youth team players now…. its gunna get ugly. Beating Marseille does seem a sure thing now.

  2. Alex says:

    Who is left of Dortmund’s preferred XI? Piszczek and Mkhitaryan? Unbelievably poor luck. Gotta feel bad for them.

  3. Nic D "The Texas two-stepper" says:

    It would make my holiday if Dortmund came in for Jozy Altidore or at the very least brought back Terrence Boyd. I would love to see either or both of those guys in the yellow and black.

  4. Kingly Alexander says:

    About time they got Jol out. He’s got a good eye for talent but he sucks as a manager.