Dortmund hopes Hummels can play against Shakhtar
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is hoping that central defender Mats Hummels will recover from the flu in time for Tuesday's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Hummels scored the late equalizer in the 2-2 draw Dortmund earned in Donetsk and any win at home will take his team into the quarterfinals. A 0-0 or 1-1 draw will also see Dortmund through.
The Germany defender missed Dortmund's last two matches — a 1-0 German Cup quarterfinal loss to Bayern Munich and a 3-1 Bundesliga win over Hannover.
Dortmund has lost the German Cup title and is also about to surrender the league crown as well since it trails Bayern by 17 points. Dortmund's only hope of winning a title this season is the Champions League. It won the competition in 1997.
Hummels is a key player for Dortmund and his absence would be a blow.
Dortmund bounced back from the loss in Munich with a comfortable victory over Hannover, although coach Juergen Klopp rested some players and reshuffled his lineup.
"It was important to send a signal," Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller said.
Robert Lewandowski, normally a striker, was moved to an attacking role in the midfield and scored two goals. Kevin Grosskreutz, a midfielder playing as right back, had a role in setting up both of Lewandowski's goals.
Lukasz Piszczek, rested because of a painful hip, is likely to return as right back against Donetsk.
"Now we want to advance a round against Donetsk. We're not afraid of them," Grosskreutz said.
Lewandowski has scored 21 goals and set up another six in his last 27 Bundesliga games. He is likely to leave the club at the end of the season.
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