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Will Erling Haaland be back in time to help fire Borussia Dortmund past Alfredo Morelos and Rangers in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday (kick-off: 6.45pm CET)?

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Haaland has watched on from the stands for Dortmund’s last two Bundesliga fixtures, with a groin injury keeping the Norwegian out of action, and he was not back in training on Monday either. Instead, he received further physiotherapy, making him a significant doubt for Thursday. There is some good news for Dortmund coach Marco Rose, though, with Gio Reyna fit again after missing the weekend’s 3-0 win over Union Berlin due to illness. The USMNT international is pushing for a start, although Thorgan Hazard is likely to be given the nod with Reyna on the bench. Donyell Malen and Marco Reus linked up well at the weekend and, with the latter netting his first Bundesliga brace in over two years from a slightly more advanced position than he is accustomed to in a 4-3-3 formation, and Rose could stick with his winning formula on Thursday.

Morelos has already been identified by Dortmund defender Raphael Guerreiro as Rangers’ “reference point,” but the winter arrival of Aaron Ramsey confirms that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men are anything but a one-man team. Morelos was one of several players rested for the weekend’s 3-0 win over Scottish League Two Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup, when Ramsey got an opportunity to put some minutes in his legs after spending much of the season on the sidelines at former club Juventus. The Wales midfielder may not yet be ready for a full 90 minutes so former Freiburg man Ryan Kent can be expected to boss their midfield alongside Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield after all three got to put their feet up at the weekend.

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  • Haaland has scored 27 goals in 25 appearances in UEFA competition, including four in five Europa League qualifiers for former club Salzburg.
  • Reyna, the son of former Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna, is named after his Dad’s ex-teammate, and current Gers boss, Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The American could make his Europa League debut.
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in seven home games against Scottish opposition (W4, D3), keeping clean sheets in six of them.
  • BVB won their last meeting with Rangers 2-0, in the third round second leg of the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup.
  • Rangers’ record on German soil in UEFA competition reads: W3, D8, L12. What’s more, they have failed to win away from home in Europe this season (D3, L2).
  • Kent (Freiburg) and Leon Balogun (Hannover, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Darmstadt and Mainz), are ex-Bundesliga players.

Probable line-ups

Dortmund: Kobel – Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Brandt, Dahoud, Bellingham – Reus (c), Malen, Hazard
Out: 
Morey (knee), Schmelzer (knee)
Doubtful: 
Haaland (groin)
Coach: 
Marco Rose

Rangers: McGregor – Tavernier (c), Goldson, Balogun, Bassey – Davis, Kamara – Arfield, Kent, Aribo – Morelos
Out: Hagi (knee), Ofoborh (heart)
Doubtful:
Coach: Giovanni van Bronckhorst



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