- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - Borussia Dortmund’s injury problems have been compounded with playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan ruled out for four weeks due to a ligament tear in his right foot.

The Bundesliga side said on Sunday that the Armenian midfielder sustained the injury in the final minute of Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Mainz, when he was closed down by a defender while shooting on goal. His shot struck the post.

Mkhitaryan was in pain on returning to Dortmund and his injury was diagnosed in hospital.

Mkhitaryan is the sixth Dortmund midfielder to be ruled out for an extended period with Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Nuri Sahin and Oliver Kirch all laboring with injuries.

The 25-year-old, who was involved in 26 of Dortmund’s 27 competitive games in 2014, will likely only return to action at the end of October, the club said.

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