Marco Reus suffered a minor ankle setback prior to Germany's latest round of international fixtures, but is expected to return when Dortmund resume their Bundesliga campaign.
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Thursday, Nov. 20
Reus Cleared for Dortmund's Clash With Paderborn
As expected, Reus' ankle problem will not affect Dortmund as they bid to turn around their faltering Bundesliga season against Paderborn. The club was cited by the following Twitter account:
Monday, Nov. 10
Reus to Miss Germany Duty
Germany will be without Marco Reus for their upcoming European Championship qualifier with Gibraltar and their showpiece friendly with Spain after picking up an ankle injury. The player's omission from both games was confirmed by the world champions’ official Twitter account:
According to dfb.de, the 25-year-old suffered the knock during Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga and is now “suffering from a torn ligament and tendon as well as a swollen ankle.” Encouragingly, the report also suggests that the forward will be fit for Dortmund’s next domestic clash, which is against SC Paderborn on 22 November.
The news will come as a big concern to the Westfalenstadion faithful, especially after such a difficult start to the campaign. The team's most recent win was a much-needed one, ending a streak of five consecutive Bundesliga defeats, but they’re still languishing down in 15th position, just one point off the very bottom of the table.
For Reus, who missed the World Cup because of injury, it’s been a campaign punctured by fitness problems. In his last match for the national side, the forward picked up a nasty injury that kept him out of action for six weeks, something that really hampered Jurgen Klopp's cause as he looked to get Dortmund back on track.
Whenever he’s featured, he’s looked in exceptional form though, having notched five goals and three assists already this season, per WhoScored.com. Indeed, Reus looked to be at his scintillating best in Dortmund’s recent win over his former club, as we can see here courtesy of luc_bvb (h/t Alex Chaffer):
Germany haven’t had the best of times since winning the World Cup in Brazil, and after the international retirements of several key players on the back of that magnificent triumph, a transitional phase is natural. They currently sit in third place in a very competitive Group D, having won one, drawn one and lost one of their opening three games.
Joachim Low will have earmarked Reus as one of the players that can expedite this transitional period, and although Germany will have no problems overcoming minnows Gibraltar, the Dortmund man’s presence in the squad will be vital in the months ahead with some big challenges to overcome for the world champions.