Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that defender Manuel Akanji doesn’t require surgical procedure to deal with his hip problem and is predicted to return within the spring. 

The Switzerland worldwide was a stalwart within the Dortmund backline within the first half of the Bundesliga season, however was compelled off in the course of the facet’s defeat to Fortuna Dusseldorf final month with a seemingly critical hip harm.

There have been preliminary fears that scans would reveal vital injury and that the centre again might be dominated out for the rest of the season, however the membership have now confirmed on their official Twitter account that this won’t be the case.

The tweet ​read: “Akanji doesn’t must be operated on the hip however might be handled conservatively. After a brief break in coaching, he ought to begin slowly with the build-up coaching and have the ability to assist BVB once more within the spring!”

While the 23-year-old is predicted to return sooner than first thought, it’s understood he’ll miss the facet’s Champions League last-16 video games with Tottenham subsequent month.

The issues over the timeframe of Akanji’s harm and potential restoration noticed ​Dortmund signal Boca Juniors defender Leonardo Balerdi for €15m as added cowl at centre-back. 

Lucien Favre’s facet at the moment discover themselves high of the ​Bundesliga desk with 42 factors, 5 away from arch-rivals Bayern Munich in second and face RB Leipzig away of their first sport because the conclusion of the German winter break.

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