Borussia Dortmund news

Mkhitaryan to miss start of season

July 17, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

New Borussia Dortmund signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been ruled out for up to four weeks.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan enjoyed a fine Dortmund debut
GettyImagesMkhitaryan has impressed in his friendly appearances for Dortmund.

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Mkhitaryan, 24, suffered an ankle injury during Dortmund’s 4-1 friendly victory over FC Luzern on Tuesday.

The Armenia international, who joined BVB for a club-record €27.5 million fee last week, had become an instant hit when he played a starring role in a friendly victory over FC Basel.

He was on target again on Tuesday night as Dortmund beat FC Luzern 4-1 in a friendly in Switzerland, but while scoring the goal that put Borussia into a 3-1 lead late in the first half, Mkhitaryan twisted his ankle.

On Wednesday, Dortmund released a press statement and confirmed he suffered a partial ligament tear in his right foot and will be sidelined for up to four weeks.

Dortmund face Bayern Munich in the German Supercup at the Westfalenstadion on July 27, while their Bundesliga campaign begins at FC Augsburg on August 10.