Borussia Dortmund will be without attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their last two Bundesliga games of the year.
The 25-year-old limped off after 35 minutes of his side’s 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Saturday, which saw the last season runners-up drop into play-off position in the German top-flight table.
A scan has confirmed he has torn his right thigh muscle and will be sidelined for the next six weeks.
Dortmund continue their relegation batle at home to VFB Wolfsburg on Wednesday and away to Werder Bremen on Saturday. The Bundesliga will recess for winter break next Sunday, meaning Mkhitaryan will be available for the ‘Black and Yellows’’ first league game of 2015 on 31 January at Bayer Leverkusen.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are also missing Germany international Marco Reus through an ankle ligament damage.
Despite topping their group in the Uefa Champions League to advance into the last 16, Durtmund suffered their ninth defeat of the season at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday.