Edin Terzić's struggling Borussia Dortmund took over temporary control of top spot in the Bundesliga today after a 1-0 win against bitter rivals FC Schalke 04 in the return of the Rivierderby to the German top flight thanks to a second-half strike from wunderkind Yousouffa Moukoko.
But in spite of the cause of celebration, Dortmund - and Germany - supporters will be left waiting with bated breath after club captain and Dortmund icon Marco Reus was taken off injured in the first half in what appears to have been a serious injury suffered by the 33-year-old forward.
Reus came into the weekend clash against Schalke at the Westfalenstadion as the club’s top goalscorer on the home front in a season that has thus far seen Die Schwarzgelben struggle to find the back of the net consistently after the loss of Erling Haaland to Manchester City.
Now, the Dortmund native and former academy participant may once again miss out on a spot in the national team set up as Hansi Flick’s Germany are just two months away from going into their Qatar 2022 campaign as one of the tournament heavyweights.
The veteran forward has already missed out on the chance to represent his country in four major tournaments due to a heartbreaking amount of injury setbacks he has suffered across his career, missing the World Cup in 2014 while also failing to be available for selection for both Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.
Reus was selected by Flick for Germany’s squad in their upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures against Hungary and England on 23 and 26 September, and any lengthy amount of time on the treatment table is sure to ruin any chance he has to regain full match fitness and form in time to be considered before Die Mannschaft ships off to Qatar.
In a club career that has spanned fourteen seasons (not including the current 2022-23 campaign) and included a superb direct contributions return of 197 goals and 146 assists across a combined 475 appearances between Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach, many still wonder what heights Reus could have additionally achieved if fitness was not his biggest enemy.