Updates from Sunday, May 11
Jonathan Walsh of Vavel.com provides a statement from Jurgen Klopp discussing Marco Reus' injury status:
Jürgen Klopp to BILD: "Marco and Mats picked up knocks and had to be replaced, Robert too. Though they should be fit for next weekend."— Jonny Walsh (@jonathanwalsh_) May 11, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 10
Borussia Dortmund provides an update on Marco Reus' injury after the match:
Despite a 4-0 victory over Hertha BSC to close their Bundesliga season on Saturday, Borussia Dortmund may have suffered a major blow in the form of an injury to midfielder Marco Reus.
According to Eurosport.com, Reus was removed from the match after suffering a foot injury:
SCARE! Germany and Dortmund winger Marco Reus suffers a foot injury and limps off at Hertha Berlin. https://t.co/i2NvjgDASv— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) May 10, 2014
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced Reus in the 70th minute with Dortmund leading 2-0.
The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, but it couldn't have come at a worse time. Saturday's match amounted to little more than an exhibition, with Dortmund already locked in at second place behind Bayern Munich at the start of play.
A clash between Dortmund and Bayern looms in the DFB-Pokal final next week, and it is possible that the Black and Yellows could be without one of their best players.
Reus has been absolutely key to Dortmund's attack this season, as evidenced by this stat courtesy of OptaFranz:
114 - Robert Lewandowski (114), Marco Reus (106) and Adrian Ramos (90) have taken the most shots in the league this season. Fire.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) May 10, 2014
In addition to that, Reus is a potential transfer target of Manchester United. A significant injury could change that situation in a major way and potentially cost Dortmund a large sum of money as well.
With that said, Reus to United is far from a foregone conclusion as Reus has been diplomatic about the situation thus far, per Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mail.
"It's like that in this business," Reus said. "Every player only has one career and wants to get the best out of it. You have to decide what's best for you. We'll see about that."
Will Dortmund beat Bayern if Reus can't play?
Losing Reus prior to a clash with their biggest rival doesn't bode well for Dortmund, and manager Jurgen Klopp will have some questions to answer if Reus is unable to play next week.
Aside from Saturday's match being a tune-up for the cup final, there was no true meaning behind it. Klopp may have been wiser to field a skeleton team, and he is probably wishing that he had done at this point.
Football is a game that inevitably leads to injuries, so Reus shouldn't have been put in that position. Dortmund are talented enough to beat Bayern without him, but the task will be much more difficult if he misses out.
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