Borussia Dortmund have started their trip to Norway, where they will play against Odds BK in the Europa League Play-offs on Thursday night, without Marco Reus and Lukasz Piszczek. The right back has picked up an injury on Tuesday, but there is yet to be a diagnosis. Tuchel said on Wednesday: “I’m sad that Lukasz Piszczek couldn’t make the trip. We have to wait and see, whether it’s long-term.”
Marco Reus on the other hand “will voluntarily sit this game out” so Tuchel. There is a simple reason for BVB’s star player to stay at home, as the match will be played on artificial turf. Reus said on BVB Total earlier this week: “artificial turf isn’t agreeing with my injury-prone body.”
A sensible decision by Thomas Tuchel and his player to keep the midfielder out of harms way, considering his rich history of injuries in the past 12 months. Reus was bound to watch the World Cup on television due to injury and had to observe great chunks of the previous season from the stands for the same reason.
The player’s health is essential for a successful season at Borussia Dortmund, as his quality so often makes the difference: “I’m no Messi, who goes on to score 30 goals even if he isn’t fully fit. I always need a stretch of games to find my rhythm on the pitch.” The black and yellows will probably be fine without Reus’ services on Thursday night. The star player is set to feature on Sunday against FC Ingolstadt.
Kuba on his way out?
Jakub Blaszczykowski might have stayed in Dortmund for different reasons. The Polish international has been linked with an Dortmund by various media. It would be a hard news to swallow for any Borussia Dortmund fan to see the iconic ‘Kuba’ leave. The match against Odds would have been a good opportunity for the fan favorite to gather some match practice – especially since Marco Reus isn’t in the squad. It is hard to imagine to see Blaszczykowski leave the club after joining in 2007, but there are a few unpleasant indicator. We hope that there are different reasons behind Blaszczykowski not making the trip to Norway.