430 days after a serious injury in Germany’s 3-3 draw with Paraguay, İlkay Gündoğan makes his return to competitive football this afternoon.
The German international is in Borussia Dortmund’s starting lineup for the game at 1. FC Köln this afternoon.
Borussia Dortmund start the weekend in the bottom half and three points are much-needed for Jürgen Klopp’s side to have any prayer of winning the Bundesliga this season.
BVB are at least looking for a top three finish for automatic qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Klopp’s side have made a dreadful start to the season with only two victories and seven points from their first seven games in 2014-15.
The confirmed starting lineup for Borussia Dortmund today is: Roman Weidenfeller; Łukasz Piszczek, Sokratis, Mats Hummels, Erik Durm; Sebastian Kehl, İlkay Gündoğan; Shinji Kagawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Kevin Großkreutz; Ciro Immobile
Henrikh Mkhitaryan after a lengthy absence having not played since a 2-0 loss in Mainz on 20 September where he lasted 25 minutes.
FC Köln are below Dortmund in the league table in their first season back in the top flight, picking up just one win and six points so far.