Wednesday Kickoff: Hummels and Schmelzer out for Dortmund; Ballon d'Or deadline extended; and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Hummels and Schmelzer out for Dortmund; Ballon d'Or deadline extended; and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Hummels and Schmelzer out for Dortmund; Ballon d'Or deadline extended; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany head coach Joachim Low isn’t feeling the love right now in Dortmund.

After sending a number of his Bayern Munich-based players home from Germany camp following their 1-1 draw with Italy on Friday, Low decided to keep the Borussia Dortmund players in the side, and both Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer have come away from Germany’s 1-0 victory over England with injuries.

The news means that Dortmund will be without another two starters ahead of its biggest game of the season, against Bayern Munich on Saturday. In addition, Jurgen Klopp’s team faces Napoli at home in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Hummels, who is out until January with an ankle ligament problem, gives Klopp a real selection headache with his other starting center back, Neven Subotic, out for the next six months after tearing ligaments in his knee. Schmelzer is set to miss the next three weeks with a calf injury.

Here are some more stories to start your Wednesday:

FIFA BALLON D’OR VOTING DEADLINE EXTENDED

Cristiano Ronaldo’s epic performance on Tuesday in Sweden may have earned him another chance at winning his second FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy.

According to a report in Spanish publication Marca, FIFA has decided to extend the voting deadline for the World Player of the Year award by one week, to Nov. 29. The report states that FIFA wanted to take into account the UEFA playoff matches and other World Cup qualifying games in the last week.

With the reported extension, Ronaldo looks more than likely to win the award this year, as his recent performances are fresh on the mind. His nemesis, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, has struggled with injury all season and is currently sidelined until January at the earliest.

QUICK KICKS

Lionel Messi has received his third Golden Boot from the European Sports Media for being the top scorer in Europe during the 2012/2013 season. (REPORT)

In its first ever official senior international match, Gibralter has earned a scoreless draw against Slovakia. (REPORT)

Long-time Serie A defender Sinisa Mihajlovic has quit his job as Serbia head coach to take the reigns at his former club Sampdoria. (REPORT)

The South African Football Federation is hoping that FIFA won’t downgrade their 1-0 friendly match victory over Spain after La Roja made a seventh substitution to replace Victor Valdes with Pepe Reina, despite both teams only being allowed six subs.
(REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Dortmund standing a chance against Bayern with another two players injured? Do you believe that Ronaldo could win the Ballon d’Or this year? What did you think of Gibraltar’s famous point?

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