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Marcel Schmelzer, Dortmund collapse in derby; UCL hopes now in jeopardy

 Michy Batshuayi's injury could spell trouble for Dortmund's UCL hopes.
Michy Batshuayi's injury summed up Dortmund's day in a 2-0 loss to rivals Schalke.

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund's Champions League ambitions are in peril after Sunday's 2-0 defeat to bitter foes Schalke 04 in the Revierderby. An announced 61,786 spectators at the Veltins Arena did not see a high-quality game of football even though it was second against third with teams lurking for their rivals to make a mistake.

It was the visitors who complied, as BVB captain Marcel Schmelzer lost the ball to Daniel Caligiuri in the 50th minute. Yevhen Konoplyanka finished off...

Lukasz Piszczek extends Borussia Dortmund contract until 2020

Poland international Lukasz Piszczek has signed a new two-year deal at Borussia Dortmund, tying him to the club until 2020, and he hopes to end his career at the Westfalenstadion.

Piszczek, 32, is currently Dortmund's oldest outfield player. Having joined the club from Hertha Berlin in summer 2010, he was a key player earlier this decade during Dortmund's golden years under Jurgen Klopp.

He remains an influential player for the club -- and is apparently their good-luck charm. Dortmund have not lost...

Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek praises Michy Batshuayi focus

Michy Batshuayi now has five goals in his last three matches as Dortmund's winless streak in Europe ends at eight matches following their 3-2 win over Atalanta.

Lukasz Piszczek has praised on-loan Michy Batshuayi for his focus and attitude since arriving at Borussia Dortmund.

Batshuayi, 24, joined Dortmund on loan from Chelsea on the last day of the January transfer window and has scored five goals in four matches.

However, BVB have no option to make the move permanent meaning that, as things stand, the striker will return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Belgium international Batshuayi scored the winner in a 3-2 Europa League first leg victory over Atalanta.

And...

Borussia Dortmund decline was not down to my injury - Lukasz Piszczek

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Lukasz Piszczek suffered the injury while on international duty.

Lukasz Piszczek has said he believes his injury absence played only a minor role in Borussia Dortmund's struggles since September.

Dortmund led the way in the Bundesliga after taking 19 points from their first seven matches, but their form nosedived and they did not pick up another win until December after sacking coach Peter Bosz.

Right-back Piszczek was ruled out after suffering a knee injury while on international duty with Poland in early October.

He did not return in 2017 and remained the Bundesliga's...

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus returns to training with the ball

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has resumed training with the ball some six months after undergoing knee surgery.

Germany international Reus trained in Dortmund's "Footbonaut" alongside teammates Lukasz Piszczek and Erik Durm.

Reus, 28, has not featured for BVB since the DFB Pokal final in May, during which he suffered a partial cruciate ligament tear.

But on Wednesday the club released footage on social media that showed Reus back in action with the ball.

In late September, German media reported...

Borussia Dortmund hit by Lukasz Piszczek injury setback

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Lukasz Piszczek suffered the injury while on international duty.

Borussia Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek will be out of action "for the time being" after suffering a ligament injury while on international duty with Poland, the club have announced.

Piszczek, 32, and Poland keeper Wojciech Szcezsny collided shortly before half-time in the win over Montenegro on Sunday.

The Dortmund defender did not return for the second half, and a statement on the official Dortmund website said: "Lukasz Piszczek will be unavailable for BVB for the time being after suffering...