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Aubameyang back in Dortmund fold pre-Spurs

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83   //    18 Nov 2017, 15:18 IST
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Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to return to contention for Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash with Tottenham after a club-imposed suspension.

Reports have suggested that Aubameyang's partying during the international break and his decision to film an unauthorised video on club premises with a freestyle footballer led to Peter Bosz punishing his star striker ahead of Friday's match with Stuttgart.

Dortmund lost 2-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena as their slump in form took in a fifth Bundesliga game in succession without victory.

That run has mirrored Aubameyang's own lack of form – he has 15 goals for the season, but none in his last five games across all competitions.

And chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says the Gabon international will come in from the cold when Dortmund host Tottenham, when Bosz's men require a victory if they are to keep their slim hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.

Watzke told Eurosport: "A squad needs rules and, every now and then, you have to sharpen your senses. The decision is up to Peter Bosz and the coach has complete support from all sides.

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"Auba is still a great guy. He will be back to normal on Tuesday. But he has no special rights – you have seen that again."

Watzke firmly ruled out any prospect that the disciplinary measures could prompt Dortmund into a January sale of their prized asset.

"It's not about selling a player, that is complete nonsense," he said. "But you have to sanction things. It's like a family, you have to step in at some point. But he is our player and remains our player."

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