Updates from Friday, Aug. 1
Marco Reus continues to make good progress in his bid to return from an ankle injury ahead of the new season.
The Bundesliga's official Twitter provides visual evidence that Reus' recovery is on track:
Updates from Thursday, July 24
Marco Reus is tipped to complete a swift recovery from his ankle injury within the next few weeks.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told kicker, via Vaishali Bhardwaj of Goal.com:
"It [his recovery] is going well. We have to see how he withstands the pressure [on his foot]."
German football writer Clark Whitney added:
Reus to return to full training in 2-3 weeks, well ahead of schedule. Good news for BVB, they need his goals to take pressure off newcomers— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) July 24, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 27
Marco Reus has taken a step forward in his recovery from the ankle injury that kept him out of the World Cup.
Reus tweeted the following on Friday:
After 3 Weeks 💪🙏😍 pic.twitter.com/3J8XY5MdAv— Marco Reus (@woodyinho) June 27, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 10
The Bundesliga website has the latest on Reus:
Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus will be out of action for longer than expected after further tests revealed he will need three months to recover.
The 25-year-old injured his left ankle during Germany's final World Cup warm-up match against Armenia last week and was subsequently forced to withdraw from the tournament.
Updates from Saturday, June 7
ESPN FC passed along an update on Marco Reus' condition after he left Friday's match with an injury:
Germany confirm Marco Reus has a partially torn ligament in his left ankle, but no decision has been made about his status for the World Cup— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 7, 2014
ESPN FC later confirmed the worst news possible for Reus:
BREAKING: @JensGrittner confirms Reus is OUT of Germany squad. RT: WM-Aus für Reus - Mustafi rückt ins Brasilien-Aufgebot.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 7, 2014
Marcus Christenson of The Guardian has more on the injury:
Reus injury: syndesmosis is a joint which holds tibia & fibula together. Damage to it is associated w high grade injury to ankle ligaments— Marcus Christenson (@m_christenson) June 7, 2014
Germany call up Shkodran Mustafi as replacement after Marco Reus is ruled out of the World Cup. Feel so sorry for Reus— Marcus Christenson (@m_christenson) June 7, 2014
Nearing a World Cup that's already deprived of some of the game's top stars, another top performer could be missing out, as Germany's brilliant attacker Marco Reus had to leave the team's friendly against Armenia with a leg injury.
From Fox Soccer Trax:
44 Worry for Germany as Reus cannot put weight on his left leg as he is helped off the field— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 6, 2014
Reus going directly down the tunnel - injured in as he tried to cut to his right— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 6, 2014
The Associated Press reporter Ciaran Fahey has more:
Reus on his way to hospital according to ZDF.— Ciarán Fahey (@cfaheyAP) June 6, 2014
Fox Sports' Thomas Hautmann has the latest details:
.@BILD_Sport reporting that the MRI on Marco Reus' left ankle reveals suspected ligament tear. That would rule him out of the World Cup.— Thomas Hautmann (@HautmannOnFOX) June 6, 2014
ESPN FC provides a quote from the German side on Reus' injury:
Loew on Reus: "We can only hope that he will be OK. But it looked bad. We can call up another player until 24hrs before the first game."— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 6, 2014
Here's the moment he went down, via BL_Latest (DFB) on Vine:
While the nature of his injury remains unknown, Reus didn't seem particularly upbeat as he left the pitch, per Raphael Honigstein of The Guardian:
Reus hobbling off the pitch with Müller-Wohlfahrt (German team doc) shaking his head. doesn't look good at all— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) June 6, 2014
While Germany has incredible depth at the attacking positions, Reus seemed to be one of the unquestioned starters for the team after another brilliant season for Borussia Dortmund, in which he scored 16 goals and added 13 assists in 30 league appearances, per WhoScored.com.
His pace, versatility and ability to score from distance will be hard to replicate for Germany if he can't play in the World Cup.
If he's lost for the tournament, you can add him to the list of other stars unable to go, including Colombia's Radamel Falcao and France's Franck Ribery chief among them, while Cristiano Ronaldo's battle with tendinosis and witch doctors will be a storyline until the tournament begins.
And Germany have had their injury concerns, namely with starting keeper Manuel Neuer, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Philipp Lahm, though all three are expected to be available to play in Brazil.
Hopefully, Reus will also make the trip. His loss would be huge for a German side with realistic championship aspirations.