Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus returns to action in pre-season friendly

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    Borussia Dortmund captain, Marco Reus will finally return to action after a long lay off.

    The 31-year-old will be making his long-awaited comeback in Borussia Dortmund’s upcoming pre-season friendly with Sparta Rotterdam. This was confirmed by the club after he was passed fit for the encounter.

    Reus has been out of action seven months ago due to an adductor injury and a bout of tendonitis in the same area. He however made a surprise recovery to team training in mid-August after being ruled out of action indefinitely. The skipper is now ready to take the next step in his recovery.

    Dortmund were three points off top spot when Marco Reus was injured in February, but ultimately ended up 13 adrift of champions Bayern Munich. – Jörg Schüler/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Images

    “Marco has trained very well over the last two or three weeks – he’s making a positive impression, and will play on Monday.

    “He’s in really good shape and full of beans right now. We’re delighted he’s back, and hope he can stay injury-free for the long term,” Dortmund’s head of player licensing, Sebastian Kehl, a former teammate of Reus explained.

    How Marco Reus found himself on the treatement table

    Reus got injured while he was in scintillating form for the BVB with 11 goals and five assists in his 19 league appearances. He last played for the club in their 3-2 loss to Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup last-16 on 4 February.

    “It’s tough when you’re injured, so obviously I want to come back and play my part.

    “Hopefully, I can bring a different kind of energy to the team. I always try to show my quality, and hopefully I’ll be able to do that next season. I’m always looking to improve,” Reus told BVB TV of his physical troubles.

    Marco Reus (middle) returns to training

    On his day when he is fit as fiddle, Reus is a frightening prospect. Despite suffering several setbacks, Reus, who missed the 2014 FIFA world cup due to an ankle injury has so far scored 127 goals and 80 assists in 279 Bundesliga appearances.

    The Dortmund’s hometown hero also won the DFB Cup and three Supercups. His last personal accolade was his second Germany Footballer of the Year award.

    The Bundesliga title has eluded him after back-to-back runners-up finishes. Reus is therefore more determined than ever to topple record champions Bayern Munich in the season ahead.

    “My main aim is to win the title with BVB. If we can be consistent, we can do it,” he said.

    Dortmund will begin their 2020-21 campaign with a DFB cup clash against Duisburg in the first round on 14 September. They will be resuming their pursuit of Bayern’s crown at home against Reus’ former employers Borussia Mönchengladbach on 19 September.

    Their first clash against the European champions will be in 2020/21 in the Supercup slated for 30 September while the first league meeting scheduled to take place at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park on 7 November.

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