Berlin: German World Cup-winning defender Mats Hummels may finally make his first appearance of the season after injury for Borussia Dortmund against VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday, his coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
"Mats seems to be on the right road, but it seems to be out of the question that he will play 90 minutes," declared Klopp on Tuesday ahead of the meeting with the Bundesliga`s bottom club.
The 25-year-old central defender, who scored the winning goal as Germany beat France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals in July on the way to lifting the trophy, has been struggling with muscle problems since the summer.
But he could now get the chance to sport the captain`s armband for the first time and get some match practice ahead of the Ruhr derby against Schalke at the weekend.
Klopp also has Neven Subotic available again after a groin problem kept him out of the weekend defeat to Mainz.
However, Sebastian Kehl and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is out for four weeks after suffering a foot injury against Mainz, are both added to a lengthy list of absentees.