Jurgen Klopp feared the worst when he saw his star player Marco Reus fall to the ground in agony during his side’s 2-0 win against Dynamo Dresden in the German Cup.
With the game just 20 minutes old Reus who has had an injury hit season fell victim to a challenge from Dennis Erdmann which left him holding his left knee.
The referee however deemed the challenge to be a fair one as he waved play on much to the annoyance of Klopp on the Dortmund bench.
Reus couldn’t continue as he played no further part in the game as Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced him on the field of play.
Klopp revealed after the game he had feared the German international who missed the World Cup due to injury had broken his leg.
‘I looked so angry because everybody looked at me like he had a broken leg. I am a simple person and if everybody looks at me like his leg is broken, I believe that.’
Luckily for Reus and Klopp the injury doesn’t look as bad as first feared. Reus looks to have nothing more than some bruising around the knee.
It’s no coincidence that the return of Reus has also seen a turn in fortunes for Dortmund who were flirting with relegation just a month ago. But now they have only suffered on defeat in their last six matches, which was in the away leg of the Champions League tie with Italian side Juventus.
Reus is expected to be fit sooner rather than later which is a huge relief to all involved with Dortmund not least the player himself.