Borussia Dortmund will not be able to count on their captain, Marco Reus, in Der Klassiker, the exciting game that will face him next Tuesday at Signal Iduna Park against the leader Bayern Munich. Before playing the weekend, the pulse between the top two finishers is presumed decisive for the fight for the title since both teams are separated by 4 points with 8 games to play.
Reus suffered an adductor injury to his right leg on March 4 in the closing moments of the DFB Pokal match against Werder Bremen and has not reappeared since then. In fact, he hopes to return to the playing fields during this month of May and even recently assured RTL that “the rehabilitation plan is going well for me, the coronavirus crisis has been my luck, since I have had a little more time to recover from injury ”.
But, as Bild reveals, Reus will not only miss Saturday’s game against Wolfsburg and Der Klassiker, but may not play again this season after suffering a relapse. The 30-year-old German forward has been unable to train with his teammates again and continues to work individually as he suffers pain when he hits the ball.
The Calvary of Reus continues. Since his arrival in Dortmund in 2012, he accumulates in those 8 years more than 800 days of sick leave due to injuries. This season they seemed to respect him and until he fell in February he had 11 goals in the Bundeslga.
Zagadou, also goodbye to the season
His discharge is not the only one that Lucien Favre, coach of Dortmund, will have on Tuesday at Der Klassiker. The Swiss coach himself has confirmed that defender Dan-Axel Zagadou will not play again this season as a result of the rupture of the lateral ligament of the left knee that he suffered on April 15 in one of the first training sessions after the stoppage of activity by the coronavirus.
More losses in the derby against Schalke
Zagadou did not play in the Ruhr derby between Dortmund and Schalke on Saturday when the Bundesliga resumed (4-0) and neither did pivots Axel Witsel and Emre Can, both with muscle problems. Likewise, Jadon Sancho remained on the bench with discomfort and the young Giovanni Reyna fell out of the lineup late after injuring himself on warm-up. As if that were not enough Thorgan Hazard retreated limpingly.
Favre hopes to be recovering troops in the coming days so that they arrive in the best possible physical condition at a Der Klassiker against whom many of their chances of winning the Bundesliga are played.