Thursday, January 23, 2020

Marco Reus expected to miss Spurs Clash: A blow for Dortmund

German International suffered a muscle injury in the DFB-Pokal clash with Werder Bremen and has ruled out of the European clash against English Club.


BVB captain Marco Reus is expected to miss the first leg of the UCL Round of 16 against Spurs on Wednesday.

German International suffered a muscle injury in the DFB-Pokal clash with Werder Bremen and was unfit for saturday’s 3-3 Bundesliga draw with Hoffenheim.

Dortmund Talisman has struggled with consistent injuries amid his career, but has been a key star in Lucien Favre’s team this season. The winger has scored 17 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions for BVB who are sitting 7 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc would not rule out Reus playing a role in Wednesday’s visit to Wembley, but is not positive about his chances of making the squad.

“I think we will decide that in the short term,” Zorc told Ruhrnachrichten. “But I do not expect a miraculous recovery before Wednesday.”

There was some good news for Dortmund on Sunday as they welcomed Manuel Akanji back to training. The 23-year-old centre-back had been a regular starter at the start season but has been out since mid-December with a hip injury, though Zorc said the club will not rush him back into action. January signing Leonardo Balerdi was also working with his new team-mates following his move from Boca Juniors.

“It’s nice that he’s back on the pitch. Manuel is on schedule, but one must not forget that he has been out for a long time. It will take some time,” Zorc said.

Meanwhile, Lukasz Piszczek, who captains Dortmund in Reus’s absence, complained of a problem with his heel after the draw with Hoffenheim and will be assessed before he is cleared to play against Spurs.

Dortmund head into the European encounter without a win in their last three matches, having been eliminated from the DFB-Pokal by Werder Bremen on penalties in between consecutive draws in the Bundesliga.

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