Marco Reus has been stretchered off during Borussia Dortmund’s clash with Schalke after suffering an injury – just two months before the World Cup.
He’s not featured for the national team since 2021, but seven goal contributions in nine games so far this season could’ve seen him sneak into Hansi Flick’s squad for this winter’s competition in Qatar.
That dream looks to have gone up in smoke during Saturday’s ‘Revierderby’ however, as Reus went down under a challenge from a Schalke defender in the 28th minute.
❌ 2012: Injured in the last warm-up match, missed the EUROs
❌ 2014: Injured, missed the World Cup
❌ 2016: Injured in the last warm-up match, missed the EUROs
✅ 2018: Present
❌ 2021: Missed the EUROs
❓ 2022: Injured 2 months before the World Cup
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Medical personnel immediately rushed over and the Dortmund winger was visibly emotional while lay on the Signal Iduna Park turf. He was then carried off the pitch after a stoppage to play.
At 33-years-old, this winter is likely Reus’ last chance to play for Germany on the grandest stage of all.
Supporters are distraught at the news and they’re praying the injury isn’t serious.
One person said: “Injuries have robbed us of what could’ve been an all-time great.”
Another added: “You cannot tell me this man isn’t cursed. F**k man even as a neutral this is heartbreaking.”
A third put: “I don’t even care about the result anymore, this is so sad.”
While someone tweeted: “He’s had such a fantastic season as well.”
Reus discussed his battle with injuries in an interview with the Bundesliga’s official website in 2017, explaining he he tries to keep a positive mindset.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach man said: “I’ve experienced a lot, and had to endure a lot of setbacks. That’s part of life. Nevertheless, I always try to give my all every season, be healthy and recuperate.
“The older you get, the more responsibility you have to look after yourself. You get to know your body better all the time. I need that in my situation in order to play well.
“I can only perform to the level I expect of myself if I stay fit for a number of months or even one-two years. In general, I think positively. Even when I’m injured, I never say: ‘damn, why me?'”
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