Football

Published: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 1:07:31 AM
Updated: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 1:07:41 AM

Bender joins Dortmund injury list ahead of Marseille tie

Bayer Leverkusen's Simon Rolfes and teammates celebrate victory against Borussia Dortmund in the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Dortmund December 7, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Bayer Leverkusen's Simon Rolfes and teammates celebrate victory against Borussia Dortmund in the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Dortmund December 7, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund will be without injured midfielder Sven Bender in their final Champions League group game at Olympique Marseille on Wednesday, the club said on Sunday.

Germany international Bender stretched ankle ligaments in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and he joins a long list of key absentees including Ilkay Guendogan, Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic.

Playmaker Nuri Sahin, who partly tore an ankle ligament in the same game, has a chance of being fit, the club said in a statement.

Last season's runners-up need to win their final Group F game at already-eliminated Marseille to guarantee a place in the knockout stage.

Arsenal top the group on 12 points with Dortmund second on nine points, the same as Napoli.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, Editing by Tony Goodson)

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