Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang acknowledged that Borussia Dortmund is in a "difficult situation" regarding Ousmane Dembele's future.
Dembele missed Sunday's (AEST) 4-0 DFB-Pokal win over Rielasingen-Arlen after being suspended by the club for skipping training earlier in the week.
Barcelona has failed in a bid for the winger, and Dortmund is set to make an announcement regarding his future on Monday (AEST).
In his absence, Aubameyang struck a hat-trick against Rielasingen to take the cup holder through to the second round of the competition, and he was asked about Dembele after the game.
"We will see what happens," he said. "Whatever happens, happens. It's a difficult situation."
Dortmund was below par despite the big win, but Aubameyang conceded that the result was the most important thing.
"I am delighted with this victory," he added. "We did exactly what we had planned and what we had to do to get into the next round.
"It certainly was not a top game from us, but, by and large, we can be satisfied."
Head coach Peter Bosz, who spoke before the game about a planned club meeting regarding Dembele, also focused on the positives as his side came through unscathed.
"We tried to keep playing at a high pace," he said. "We won 4-0 and did not get any new injuries - that's important."