The celebrations of finally winning real silverware for the first time since 2012 did not last long, with Borussia Dortmund announcing on Monday attacker Marco Reus will miss “several months” with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Dortmund’s No. 11 had to leave the pitch in the cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, with Reus confirming after the game he injured himself during the lead-up to Ousmane Dembele’s opener. The 27-year-old said he felt unable to sprint or pass the ball despite his carrying on for another 35 or so minutes in the game.
Reus could be seen jumping in joy at the full-time whistle and took part in all the festivities immediately after the match, which had many onlookers optimistic his injury was not going to be overly severe.
The Germany international, of course, has an extensive injury history and only appeared in 24 of Dortmund’s 51 matches across competitions this year, scoring 13 goals as he lead the team to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga with a brace against Werder Bremen on Matchday 34.
Reus has not been able to stay healthy for more than a few weeks on the spin over the last few years and it seems any contributions he can give to the team should be considered more of a bonus than anything else.
The attacker, who will turn 28 on Wednesday, May 31, will certainly miss the summer preparations, even though Dortmund have not confirmed any detailed time tables.
According to numbers collected by German blog Fussballverletzungen, Bundesliga players on average take about four months to return to the pitch with a partially torn ACL. Given Reus’ previous injury history, it seems prudent to not expect him back before autumn.