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Ruhr derby: Marco Reus stretchered off after serious ankle injury

Reus on stretcher at Dortmund
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The Dortmund captain might have suffered a new long-term injury.

Marco Reus suffered an ankle injury in Borussia Dortmund’s clash against Schalke.

Dortmund’s medical team stretchered the midfielder off 30 minutes into the Ruhr derby.

Reus was visibly upset after the injury, knowing the knock might prevent him from attending another major tournament.

The 33-year-old started the current season with brilliant form, scoring three goals and providing three assists in his eight appearances for the Black and Yellows.

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He hoped to further establish his place in Hansi Flick’s Germany lineup during their last set of friendly matches before World Cup. But the injury has cast doubts over his availability.

Reus has previously missed the Euro 2012, World Cup 2014, and Euro 2016, all through injuries. With only two months remaining until the Qatar tournament’s kick-off, Reus’ chances of returning are slim.

The Dortmund star was playing his 250th Bundesliga appearance in the Ruhr derby. His absence will also be a major blow to the Black and Yellows, who have struggled for consistency in their backline since the departure of Erling Haaland in June.

Germany will meet Hungary and England in the UEFA Nations League next week.