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Dortmund offer fitness update on Reus amid World Cup fears

Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund
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The German star was stretchered out during Saturday’s Ruhr derby.

Borussia Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl has revealed Marco Reus’ World Cup chances are ‘not in danger’ after his recent injury.

The midfielder came off the pitch on a stretcher in the first half of Dortmund’s 1-0 win over Schalke. However, the severity of his injury is lower than initially speculated.

“It was a shock for us, too, but I can give a little ‘all clear’,” Kehl told SPORT1. “The examinations showed no fracture, just a lateral ligament injury at the ankle.

“[It is] not so difficult that the World Cup is in danger.”

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Reus was playing his 250th Bundesliga appearance when he suffered the injury.

Having scored three goals and provided three assists, the midfielder played a key role in Dortmund’s rise to the top of the table.

The 33-year-old will miss Germany’s upcoming friendlies against England and Hungary. However, Hansi Flick will most likely add him to Germany’s World Cup squad upon his full recovery.

Reus has previously missed the Euro 2012, World Cup 2014, and Euro 2016, all through injuries. But it seems we will see him in Germany’s star-studded midfield line in the Qatar tournament.

As an attacking midfielder, Reus has to compete with the likes of Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz, Thomas Muller, and even Ilkay Gundogan for a place in Die Mannschaft’s starting lineup.