Another ankle blow
Reus was making only his third competitive appearance since his comeback from ankle ligament damage that had heartbreakingly ruled him out of Germany’s successful World Cup campaign, and now faces another four weeks on the treatment table.
On this occasion the 25-year-old suffered a ‘partial tear and stretching’ of ligaments in the latter stages of the triumph at the Westfalenstadion, his home ground, in which Thomas Muller ensured the world champions narrowly overcame a spirited Scottish side.
Dortmund have since confirmed in a statement that they expect Reus to have completed his rehabilitation in a month’s time. The player himself, meanwhile, is feeling optimistic about his prospects of recovery.
Reus posted on his official Facebook page: “That doesn’t blow me away! I'll come back stronger...! Thanks for all the well wishes!”
Plenty of interest
Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United had all been credited with interest in Reus during the transfer window, but the first injury he suffered in a pre-World Cup friendly with Armenia is likely put paid to any formal offers.
There were claims that Arsene Wenger had been considering a £28 million move to Reus prior to identifying Alexis Sanchez as an ideal acquisition, and it will be interesting to see if Arsenal do return for the player.
Whether or not Arsenal do make a move remains to be seen, but he is expected to leave Dortmund next summer regardless, although that could be dependant on the frequency of this concerning ankle trend.
At the end of this season a stipulation in Reus’ contract will become active that would allow him to leave his current employers for £19.8 million. As Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge put it, this is a “dangerous” fee for a player of such quality.
The Allianz Arena would, of course, be a potential destination for Reus, who has seen former BVB colleagues Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski move to Munich in consecutive summers.
Manchester United will alway be linked when players of Reus’ ability apparently become available, and a potential January move has been mooted as Louis van Gaal looks to bring further reinforcements to Old Trafford.
The departure of Shinji Kagawa could have been a way to sweeten a proposed deal for Reus, although there will likely be intense competition from Bayern, Barcelona and perhaps Arsenal and Real Madrid.