Berlin: Borussia Dortmund`s Mats Hummels will miss Tuesday`s Champions League clash against Galatasaray as he faces three weeks on the sidelines with a sprained ankle, the club said Sunday.
Hummels limped off at half-time in Dortmund`s 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich on Saturday, but a scan revealed he has only sprained an ankle.
The Germany defender will miss Tuesday`s clash at home to Galatasaray where a fourth straight Group D win would put Dortmund into the knock-out phase.
Hummels will also miss Germany`s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar in Nuremberg on November 14 and the friendly away to Spain in Vigo four days later.
"There is a ligament strain, which should allow him to return again in three weeks and is much better than we feared," said Dortmund`s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
But with seven points in their first ten league games, Dortmund are enduring the worst start to a Bundesliga season in the club`s history.
Their defeat in Munich left Borussia 16th in the table and amongst the relegation places after five consecutive losses.
Dortmund will be without their captain for the home league match against Borussia Moenchengladbach next Sunday and the trip to Paderborn on November 22.
Hummels should return at the latest against Eintracht Frankfurt on November 30, but faces a race against time to be fit for Borussia`s European away match at Arsenal on November 26.