Schmelzer to miss Champions League quarterfinals

The Borussia Dortmund defender will be absent for the last eight of the competition but hopes to return in time to play in the DFB-Pokal semifinal against Wolfsburg.

Borussia Dortmund has confirmed that defender Marcel Schmelzer will be missing for up to a month with a groin injury, ruling him out of the Champions League quarterfinals.

The left-back sustained the injury in Dortmund's 2-1 defeat to Zenit in the last 16 on Wednesday, with BVB qualifying for the quarterfinals 5-4 on aggregate.

It is the second time this season that BVB has been without Schmelzer after the 26-year-old missed three weeks of action prior to Christmas with a calf strain.

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Schmelzer is likely to miss games against Hannover, Schalke, VFB Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich as well as the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

A statement on Dortmund's website said the Germany international is targeting a return for their DFB-Pokal semifinal clash with Wolfsburg on April 15.