Mkhitaryan fit to make Dortmund debut

The Armenian, who arrived at Signal Iduna Park from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this summer, has recovered from the ankle injury that curtailed his pre-season preparations
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is in contention to make his competitive debut in Sunday's clash with Eintracht Braunschweig.

The Armenia international sat out last weekend's Bundesliga opener against Augsburg with an ankle injury sustained in pre-season but the summer signing from Shakhtar Donestk is available for selection.

"Henrikh is part of the squad," Klopp confirmed at a press conference on Friday. "Before yesterday, we had a 70-minute game amongst ourselves.

"He looked better and more sure of himself from minute to minute. He looked fairly decent."

Mkhitaryan, who is Dortmund's record purchase at €27.5 million, was signed to replace Mario Gotze, who departed for Bayern Munich earlier this summer, but Klopp was reluctant to compare the two players.

"He's a very good player, but a different type of player [to Gotze]."

Dortmund's meeting with the newly-promoted Eintracht Braunschweig is scheduled to get under way at 17:30CET on Sunday.