Injured Reus expected to miss Tottenham game, says Dortmund director Zorc
The 29-year-old attacker suffered a muscle injury in the DFB-Pokal meeting with Werder Bremen and has been all but ruled out of the European clash
Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus is expected to miss the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Tottenham on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old was substituted off at half-time of the DFB-Pokal clash against Werder Bremen last Tuesday with a muscle injury and was unavailable for Saturday’s 3-3 Bundesliga draw with Hoffenheim.
The winger has struggled with persistent injuries throughout his career, but has been a mainstay in Lucien Favre’s team this season. The Germany international has scored 17 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions for the team sitting seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc would not rule out Reus playing a role in Wednesday’s visit to Wembley, but is not optimistic about his chances of making the squad.
“I think we will decide that in the short term,” Zorc told Ruhrnachrichten. “But I do not expect a miraculous recovery before Wednesday.”
There was some good news for Dortmund on Sunday as they welcomed Manuel Akanji back to training. The 23-year-old centre-back had been a regular starter at the start season but has been out since mid-December with a hip injury, though Zorc said the club will not rush him back into action. January signing Leonardo Balerdi was also working with his new team-mates following his move from Boca Juniors.
“It’s nice that he’s back on the pitch. Manuel is on schedule, but one must not forget that he has been out for a long time. It will take some time,” Zorc said.
Meanwhile, Lukasz Piszczek, who captains Dortmund in Reus’s absence, complained of a problem with his heel after the draw with Hoffenheim and will be assessed before he is cleared to play against Spurs.
Dortmund head into the European encounter without a win in their last three matches, having been eliminated from the DFB-Pokal by Werder Bremen on penalties in between consecutive draws in the Bundesliga.