Borussia Dortmund have announced that Jadon Sancho and Roman Burki will both miss Wednesday’s DFL Super Cup against Bayern Munich with a respiratory infection.
The club also confirmed that both players had tested negative for Covid-19.
The two clubs will face off at the Allianz Arena in Munich having both lost their most recent Bundesliga matches after starting the new season off with a win.
Dortmund fell 2-0 at Augsburg on Saturday while defending champions Bayern were defeated 4-1 by Hoffenheim on Sunday, ending a 32-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
The two sides have made a habit of facing one another in the German Super Cup, with Wednesday’s match the seventh meeting between the sides in the last 11 years.
Dortmund have won three of those fixtures, including last year’s, with Sancho and Burki’s absence set to deal them a blow in this season’s encounter.
Sancho has recorded 35 goals and 45 assists across his first 101 outings for Lucien Favre’s side, leading to strong interest this summer from Manchester United.
Dortmund, though, have rebuffed all of the Red Devils’ efforts to sign Sancho and on Tuesday, club captain Marco Reus appeared to rule out any move for the England international this year.
“For us players that was great news.
“We were all happy that he will be with us for the season,” Reus told Sky Germany.
“Also because he delivers points for the team. Goals, assists – in the end, that translates to a lot of points.
“He is an essential player for us. If he will be as great of a player as [Cristiano] Ronaldo, only time will tell.
“He needs a little bit of time, many experiences.”