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Pre-match report

Personnel matters

Tuchel expecting Weigl, Kagawa and Piszczek back

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Thomas Tuchel is expecting to have three key players back – and possibly Marco Reus, too – ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg. A decision on the midfielder will not be taken until after training.

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Marco Reus

The coaching staff are pushing the envelope of time at the moment. As the team only returned from the away match in Munich late on Saturday night, today's training session is being held in the evening – just 24 hours before the Champions League quarter-final first leg against AS Monaco.

"The situation looks a bit better, as we're firmly expecting Julian Weigl and Shinji Kagawa to be back and Lukasz Piszczek to be fit," explained Thomas Tuchel at the press conference, though their availability is "not definite". Nonetheless, he ensured that BVB "feel ready for this match".

Marco Reus is also in contention for a place in the squad. "He participated in team training for the first time yesterday," Tuchel explained. "If we include him, then we'll only do so if we really think he's capable of coming off the bench."

However, Erik Durm remains sidelined after sustaining a muscle tear during the international break. And when it comes to that "important position on the right flank", the coach wants to "err on the side of caution". André Schürrle will miss out as well, with the forward still suffering from the injury he picked up in Germany's World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan. "He's currently still feeling pain in his heel and Achilles tendon. He wouldn't even be able to wear a football boot at the moment. Unfortunately, André is still a long way off being back in team training."