DORTMUND, Germany – Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus’ injury is not as bad as initially feared, meaning he should still feature at the World Cup for Germany.
Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kiehl said on Sunday that the player “will be out for three to four weeks and then hopefully he will be available for us again.”
Germany coach Hans Flick included Reus in his squad for the upcoming international matches against Hungary and England, and was considered an attacking midfielder as a key member of the World Cup squad.
The World Cup starts on November 20th in Qatar and three days later Germany will play against Japan in Doha. Spain and Costa Rica are also in the group.
Reus, 33, was carried off on a stretcher during the first half of Dortmund’s Ruhr derby win over Schalke on Saturday. What appears to be a serious leg injury. Reus was in tears after accidentally twisting his right leg in a challenge for the ball.
“It was a shock to us yesterday when we saw the pictures,” Kiehl said. “I can give you some good news today. The tests we did on Saturday didn’t show any break. It’s a ligament injury in the ankle.”
Reus missed Germany’s 2014 World Cup win with an ankle injury in a practice match, and a back injury ruled him out of the 2016 European Championships. He played in Germany’s unsuccessful World Cup defense in 2018 but left the upcoming European Championship to return after his season with Dortmund.
He has scored 15 goals in 48 games for Germany.
Dortmund’s next match is against Cologne on October 1st.