Borussia Dortmund: 'Neven Subotic out for the season'

Dortmund's Serbian defender Neven Subotic and Arsenal's English defender Kieran Gibbs vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F football match Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal London in Dortmund, western Germany on November 6, 2013
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Borussia Dortmund confirm that Neven Subotic is out for the season after suffering cruciate ligament and medial ligament damage at the weekend.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that central defender Neven Subotic will not play again this season after suffering a double cruciate knee ligament injury at the weekend.

Subotic sustained the injury just before half time in Dortmund's 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg and was quickly stretchered off and replaced by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Coach Jurgen Klopp will now be without a defensive linchpin for at least the next six months, with Dortmund confirming the news on their official website earlier today.

A short statement read: "Neven Subotic´s season is over. The Borussia Dortmund centre-back suffered a posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament injury in his right knee in Saturday´s Bundesliga game at VfL Wolfsburg.

"According to BVB team doctor Markus Braun, the 25-year-old will be sidelined for at least six months."

The 25-year-old has been virtually ever-present for Dortmund so far this season, starting 14 matches in all competitions as part of a familiar centre-back partnership alongside Mats Hummels.

Henrik Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund scores the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2013
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