Big news if you’re a Bundesliga fan — which everyone is these days. According to Bild, Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus may be out for the season with foot and adductor muscle problems. This certainly means he will not feature against Bayern Munich in “der Klassiker” next week, and it could throw BVB’s title challenge into jeopardy.
With Dortmund only 4 points behind Bayern, this setback could have huge implications for the season. Even though Reus hasn’t been at his best this year, he’s still a really important player for Lucien Favre’s side — being the senior-most forward in a team of youngsters, and one of the club’s longest-serving members.
Even with talented players like Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, and Julian Brandt on the roster, BVB rely on Reus for leadership and guidance. While the quality of said guidance may be doubted (especially by Bayern fans), not having him on the roster will certainly hinder Dortmund’s chances of toppling the Bavarians this year. Already deprived of the advantage of the Yellow Wall, this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for BVB.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the game will be a walk in the park. BVB still have no shortage of high-level attackers. They could simply bring in Thorgan Hazard or the American youngster Giovanni Reyna if they need to. Given how often Reus tends to get injured in the middle of campaigns, BVB have made made some contingency plans which will help them in this scenario. If only Bayern did the same for Kingsley Coman, things could have gone differently in recent years.