Borussia Dortmund dealt significant double blow ahead of Rangers second leg
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Dortmund dealt double injury blow ahead of Rangers second leg

Rangers’ opponents Borussia Dortmund have been dealt a significant double blow ahead of the second leg of their Europa League knockout round playoff.

Dortmund had a number of availability issues for the first leg in Germany, which the Gers sensationally won 4-2.

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Emre Can missed out through suspension, while Erling Haaland and Marius Wolf were both injured.

All three of those players could well feature at Ibrox, with Can playing the full 90 minutes and scoring in their 6-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday and Wolf also scoring after coming on as a substitute.

Haaland reportedly completed a full training session on Monday, so is in the frame to return.

However, it’s certainly not all good news for manager Marco Rose.

Prior to the Monchengladbach clash, he ruled defender Manuel Akanji out for three weeks with a calf issue, before reporting that Thomas Meunier was yet to return to team training.

And then on Monday, another defender, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and attacking midfielder Gio Reyna, were both ruled out of the second leg against Rangers.

Zagadou has been plagued by injuries during his time at Signal Iduna Park but started the first leg and each of Dortmund’s last three Bundesliga matches.

Meanwhile, Reyna is an exciting creative spark who came off the bench in the first leg and started against Monchengladbach but was forced off after just half an hour.

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Zagadou is expected to be out for ‘a few weeks’ with a torn muscle fibre, while Reyna is only likely to be able to return to team training in a fortnight [BvB].

Both players would probably have started at Ibrox, so Rose will be forced into another reshuffle before the match.

Rangers won’t be at full strength either, but they will have a two-goal lead and the famous Ibrox European atmosphere on their side.

Meanwhile, a once Rangers-linked midfielder has finally secured a new club.

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