Borussia Dortmund comprehensively beat FC Luzern with 4-1 in a friendly on Tuesday. Besides some inspiring display of football, it was also the match for Kevin Großkreutz to make his comeback after being 5 months out of the loop due to a knee injury. In the post match interviews Großkreutz had mixed feelings: “It was a nice feeling to be back on the pitch. It was the hardest time of my career, since nobody knew the source of my ailments. I was in a bad mood and had a lot of headaches.” Even after Großkreutz’s knee surgery, the problems remained for weeks. Eventually, the cause for his knee aches was found. A titled jaw was the reason for it, which was solved with braces.
“I’m finally back. My knee holds, that’s the most important thing. We’ll see about everything else.” Großkreutz told Der Westen, and even specified his statement. “Regarding my persona, we will see, if I will continue to play for Borussia Dortmund.” After all the 27 year old has only one year left on his contract and has lost his standing at the club in the recent season.
Thomas Tuchel said on a news conference on Wednesday, that he is planning with Großkreutz. “Kevin needs to be patient. He wasn’t able to run for 5 minutes only three weeks ago. If he isn’t [patient], we will see what happens.” Leaving the decision to the player.
Großkreutz, who was part of Dortmund’s recent success story, will have to decide for himself, whether a role as a squad player is enough for him. Harsh reality collides with football romanticism, as the boy from the Südtribüne is losing his place in the team. His exit at Borussia Dortmund is looming, but he will need to find the right club first.