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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.