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Marco Reus Injury: Updates on Borussia Dortmund Star's Ankle and Return

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 15

Marco Reus has made a return to action with Borussia Dortmund, featuring in a 3-2 friendly win over Victoria Cologne.

Dortmund's official website reports:

Four days before their Bundesliga game in Cologne Borussia Dortmund registered a 3-2 win over fourth division Victoria Cologne in a training match on Tuesday. More important than the result was the return of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sebastian Kehl as well as Marco Reus and Ilkay Gündogan to the team.

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 25

Marco Reus is on the comeback trail following the ankle injury picked up while representing Germany against Scotland.

The official Bundesliga Twitter account noted the progress of the Borussia Dortmund star:

Bundesliga English @Bundesliga_EN

Reus return! The @BVB star's recovery steps up with light running (via @Matthias_aus_Do) http://t.co/nUMQ7AlIr6

Updates from Monday, Sept. 8

Borussia Dortmund confirm ESPN FC's timeline for Marco Reus' recovery from his ankle injury:

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

BREAKING: @BVB expect Marco Reus (@woodyinho) to be out for four weeks after tearing ankle ligaments vs. Scotland. http://t.co/yFE16osfiS

ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld translates Borussia Dortmund's official statement detailing Reus' injury: "BVB club doctor Markus Braun diagnosed partially torn ligaments in his ankle and a sprain of the tarsal ligaments. Borussia Dortmund expect a four-week-long rehabilitation phase."

Original Text

Every Borussia Dortmund fan's worst nightmare came true on Sunday, as star forward Marco Reus suffered an injury during Germany's 2-1 win over Scotland. Unfortunately, it was to the same ankle that forced him to miss the 2014 World Cup.    

Fox Soccer broke the news:

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Marco Reus has to be subbed off late with what looks like another tough injury. Hard to watch. #GERSCO

Bleacher Report UK has the Vine of the incident that led to the injury:

B/R Football @brfootball

Terrible for Marco Reus: The BVB and Germany star had to be substituted off with another apparent injury https://t.co/4kjWi3Y0GQ

Reus seemed to misplace his left foot just as a defender made contact in a duel late in the match and immediately fell to the pitch in agony. Shielding his eyes as the team doctors came out, fans and pundits feared the worst.

Sergi Dominguez confirmed the injury looked identical to the one he suffered late in the 2013-14 season:

Sergi Domínguez @FutbolSergi

Marco Reus injured once again. Identical to the injury he suffered pre World Cup. Seemingly the same ankle too.

The New York Times' Stefan Bienkowski shared his sympathies with the mercurial forward:

Stefan Bienkowski @SBienkowski

Hope Reus is okay. At the sidelines almost in tears.

Reus was recently appointed as one of Dortmund's new captains and is pivotal to Jurgen Klopp's plans for the 2014-15 season. One of the world's most gifted playmakers, he scored 16 goals and added 13 assists in Bundesliga play last season, per WhoScored.com.

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 15:  Marco Reus of Germany shows his dejection during the international friendly match between Italy and Germany at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Often the target of transfer speculation, another severe injury to the same ankle will likely stop interested clubs from making an offer in January. Now, everyone will have to wait and see how the 25-year-old can rebound and how his ankle will hold up in the future.

Reus walked off the pitch on his own power, which could be a sign the injury wasn't as bad as initially feared.

With Robert Lewandowski now plying his trade for rivals Bayern Munich, Dortmund need a healthy Reus more than ever. Fans can only hold their breath and hope further tests will reveal no serious damage.

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