On Tuesday, Marc Bartra and Marco Reus joined Borussia Dortmund’s team training, lifting spirits after Sokratis strained a muscle on international duty on Monday.
On Tuesday, 143 days after picking up a groin injury in the DFB Cup Final in May, Marco Reus has partly rejoined Borussia Dortmund’s team training. The 27-year-old took part in the team’s warm up routine, training on the ball. However, the BVB midfielder has to be patient until making a full comeback. He trained individually while the rest of the decimated international training squad exercised a training match later on.
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More positive news for Marc Bartra. The newly engaged centre-back is back in full team training and was the last to leave the pitch on Tuesday after some extra passing exercises. The 25-year-old Spanish international was sidelined due to muscle strain he suffered in the Bundesliga match against VfL Wolfsburg. He was set to return for Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League clash against Real Madrid on 27 September, but had a setback after participating in the final team training ahead of the match.
Bartra’s return is vital news coming out of the Dortmund camp, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up a muscle strain playing in the World Cup qualifier with Greece against Estonia. The 28-year-old is estimated to miss for 20 days according to Greek News Agency ANA MPA. Further diagnosis will happen in Dortmund.
As it stands, Matthias Ginter and Marc Bartra are the only two available centre-backs of BVB’s senior team. Sven Bender won’t be back in team training for another few weeks and Neven Subotic just entered running training on Monday, after undergoing surgery on his rib in July.