Champions League news

Mats Hummels doubtful for CL final

May 18, 2013
By news services

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is doubtful for the Champions League final, but midfielder Mario Goetze is continuing his recovery from injury.

Dortmund, which plays Bayern Munich in an all-German final at Wembley next Saturday, says Goetze is due to resume team training on Tuesday and that it looks "quite good" for the 20-year-old.

Goetze is recovering from a left hamstring tear sustained in the return leg of the semifinal against Real Madrid.

Hummels faces a race against time, however, after limping out of Dortmund's 2-1 Bundesliga loss at home to Hoffenheim with an ankle injury.

Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp says, "there's a chance for Wembley but it will be close."

Hummels missed the German Cup game against his former side with flu in February.

Bayern defender Holger Badstuber has suffered a recurrence of the cruciate ligament tear in his right knee.

Bayern says Badstuber needs another operation and will be out of action for several more months.

Badstuber missed more than half the Bundesliga season from the initial injury, sustained when he slipped awkwardly during Bayern's 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund last December. He had returned from a torn thigh muscle 11 days before that.

Bayern sports director Matthias Sammer says, "Of course we'll give him all the time in the world to get better. We're optimistic. I'm certain he'll come back stronger than ever before."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.