Dortmund boss asks Erling Haaland to "slow down" as he threatens problem

Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic has joked that they need Erling Haaland to "slow down" as he continues his return from injury.

The striker was absent through December as he dealt with a hamstring problem.

Without him Dortmund won just once in four outings as they lost more ground in the Bundesliga title race.

One of those losses was the 5-1 home defeat against newly promoted Stuttgart which saw Lucien Fabre axed.

Haaland is now back and being guided by temporary boss Terzic, who was handed the reigns until the end of the season.

The Norwegian has been Dortmund's main supply of goals since joining and is looking to add to his tally.

But Terzic is conscious of him aggravating his injury problem and has asked him not to go all out so soon.

He said: “Erling Haaland is known for his hunger for play, to score goals. This is one of his qualities. We see it in every game.

“But we have to be careful and tell him to slow down. Especially when he has barely returned from injury. Apart from that, we guide him quietly, but it's good to see this desire, this hunger.”

Haaland has managed to score 17 times in 14 outings so far this season.

Dortmund will need those goals if they are to again challenge for the title in Germany.

They are without a league triumph since 2012 and have consistently fallen away when threatening to deliver.

Dortmund are nine points off current leaders RB Leipzig who have played a game more.

The German side will play Sevilla in the first knockout round of the Champions League.

They continue to deal with speculation linking their top players with pastures new so capturing silverware may be crucial to keeping them.

Recent reports touted a move for Haaland to Barcelona while Jadon Sancho remains on Manchester United's radar, although they could cool their interest.

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