After a seven-month break, Marco Reus has returned to Borussia Dortmund with a goal in the friendly against Rotterdam. But is it enough for a Bundesliga comeback?
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After a tendonitis in the adductor area and a break of more than seven months, BVB captain Reus reports back and immediately takes a leading role on the field. He even scored a goal in the 2: 1 against Rotterdam.
His comeback after a long period of suffering makes the fans of Borussia Dortmund dream of another attack on the market leader Bayern Munich. The fact that captain Marco Reus is back on board and full of enthusiasm for action provides relief and hope for BVB. 216 days after his last competitive game so far, the 31-year-old was once again pivotal in the 2-1 friendly victory against Sparta Rotterdam.
Kehl: “That was an important sign for him”
After 70 minutes, Reus left the field visibly satisfied on Monday evening. And four words from BVB coach Lucien Favre about him were enough to substantiate the prospect of a successful season: “He is physically ready.” The fact that the national player crowned his remarkable return in the 63rd minute with the opening goal after a fine solo run was a good match for the good mood in the sunny training center in Dortmund-Brackel. “He had a lot of lively actions, scored his goal. That was an important sign for him too,” said Sebastian Kehl, the boss of the BVB license.
At half time, Favre Reus had asked if he could continue playing. “He said everything was fine. It’s good he can play 70 minutes.” After the Cup in Bremen in early February, Reus complained of adductor problems. The initially predicted four-week downtime turned into a tough withdrawal period that lasted more than six months with a failed comeback attempt in early June.
“Giant’s body not suitable for professional football”
Anyone looking at the Dortmund-born man’s endless injury history should be scared. Almost every part of the Giant’s body was affected from head to toe. More than 40 moderate to severe injuries have been documented in the past decade alone.
Not only Professor Ingo Froböse from the German Sports University in Cologne recently discovered that Reus’s body is actually not suitable for the extreme stresses of a competitive athlete in professional football. Nevertheless, Favre needs his captain to be the leader of the gathering of gifted people in the busy season. Especially in matches against the competition at eye level.
Favre is known for carefully managing his players’ stakes when possible. He is just as careful with young players as he is with Reus because of his vulnerability to injury. And this does not diminish with age. It is quite possible that Favre does not intend to play in the DFB Cup at MSV Duisburg on Monday, but does not intend to start in the Bundesliga on September 19 against their ex-club Borussia Mönchengladbach with Reus.