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Bad luck giant again in comeback mode

The fact that the Triple winners for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer are not present at the start of the national team in the EM season was a big issue. The absence of Marco Reus, on the other hand, was dealt with almost incidentally, because unfortunately it is not a rarity.

Marco Reus and the national team? It was complicated from the start. Federal trainer Joachim Lion had nominated the 20-year-old for a charity game against Malta 2010 for the first time, but Reus had to cancel. Hard right thigh. His debut in the DFB jersey was only celebrated a year and a half later by the offensive player.

But even after that the gifted was repeatedly stopped by injuries, Reus missed the WM 2014 in Brazil (Syndesmoseriss) and the EM 2016 in France (Shame Inflammation). His current break in the national team is almost eleven months, not just because of Corona. At the start of the National League this Thursday in Stuttgart against Spain and three days later in Basel against Switzerland, the Dortmund is missing, because after a period of six and a half months he is just fighting back.

It is very surprising, that Reus, in spite of the many setbacks, almost never leaves his head hanging. Even the many titles or rather flattering nicknames (“the glasses”) won’t let him give up.

Use in the DFB Cup can’t be ruled out

Again and again, he creates as obsessed for his comeback. The reward: Reus participates again in the team training of the BVB after surviving tendon inflammation in the adductor area, even a commitment at the mandatory start of the game on 14. September in the DFB Cup at the MSV Duisburg is not excluded.

“If this continues, everything is an option,” Reus says. But he does not want to be put under too much pressure, especially the feeling of being back in the game is important to him.” When you have been out as a footballer for so long, you are already facing this training,”says the 31-year-old:”I am glad that it is slowly going downhill and I can give the place gas again.”BVB manager Michael Zorc is impressed, Reus looks”really core”in the training and he expects”a very positive radiance”.

Reus Dortmund was missing in more than fifty percent of the games

Lion is also pleased. Despite the numerous injuries, the German trainer has always held on to Reus and not “sacrificed” him like Thomas Muller, who is even four months younger, to the breakthrough. But it is also clear that, in the absence of Reus, Kai Havertz’s exceptional talent, as he hopes, will kick off in the national team, it will be difficult for the BVB captain.

One now has a “very broad cadre”, said substitute captain Toni Kroos. The quality of Reus is undisputed, “but the question is always: How is he physically together?”

The “WDR” recently listed: Reus has been out for ten or more days already twenty times since 2010, and has missed 126 mandatory games. Since his change of 2012 from Borussia Munich to BVB, he has spent only a little more than fifty percent of the possible time on the lawn. Or, as the FAZ once wrote, “The drama of the gifted football kid.”