Axel Witsel has been granted official permission to play in time for the DFB Cup on Monday. Lucien Favre has yet to decide whether the Belgian, who arrived late in pre-season, will make his competitive debut or even be part of the squad in Fürth.

"He's a very smart, intelligent player," said the Swiss tactician of his new midfield man, who "plays in defensive midfield for Belgium but can play more advance too". Witsel has only been at BVB for a fortnight, which is why the coach is being cautious: "We'll see. He's only played 20 minutes against Lazio so far. That's leaving it a bit tight to start on Monday." (br)