It may be that it was just the proverbial whistle in the woods, but Edin Terzic tried hard to avoid the injury Marco Reus to be presented as manageable. Borussia Dortmund's coach didn't want to know about a longer injury break for Borussia Dortmund's captain: "Marco has suffered injuries to his ankle before. We're hoping for the best." Terzic only heard the first diagnosis from club doctor Markus Braun after the game: "It looks like the ligaments were injured." The pure joy of the 1-0 win against the eternal rivals and newly promoted Schalke 04 did not want to be felt by the coach. The Dortmunders among the 81,100 spectators fell into the ecstasy usual for a derby victory. The last Ruhrpott summit meeting in front of a stadium audience took place three years ago.
Reus had unluckily represented his right ankle in the 28th minute after a fair duel with Schalke's Florian Flick. The slow-motion images showed the twisting more than clearly. Reus was apparently in very severe pain, which is very common with ligament injuries in the knee and ankle. Terzic therefore did not want to confirm a possible downtime for Reus of six to eight weeks when asked by the Sky television station: "It is not said that it will take that long." However, Terzic's declared favorite player had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Players usually try to avoid this at all costs.
Ligament strains and torn ligaments are among the most common injuries for soccer players. The average break required is often between those six to eight weeks. Severe pain says little about the severity of the injury. Ligament injuries in the ankle area can also lead to further damage, such as a tear in the syndesmosis ligament. But even that would not take away Reus's (33) chance to be operational again just in time for the World Cup in Qatar from November 20th. Even if it could be tight. The upcoming two international matches of the Nations League, against Hungary and England (on September 23rd and 26th), Reus will most likely not be able to play.
Reus attaches the image of a tragic class player
A more precise diagnosis will probably only be made after an examination in the magnetic resonance tomograph. For this, the apparently severe swelling in Reus' ankle must first subside. Therefore, one will probably have to wait several days for the analysis. For BVB, but also for Reus personally, the injury is a significant blow.
Reus last came back from a long break in August 2020, and since then, with the exception of smaller breaks, he has played 105 competitive games in just over two years. Reus has been in impressive form this season. On Wednesday in the Champions League game at Manchester City (which was lost 2-1), he used the finest technique to put the ball on his teammate Jude Bellingham to give BVB the lead. Last Saturday he scored 1-0 against 1899 Hoffenheim. It was the 61st time that he scored the first goal in a game, which is so important in football.
Due to injuries, Reus missed the 2014 World Cup tournament, among other things, and thus also the title won by the German team at the time. The native of Dortmund was also injured at the 2016 European Championship. He voluntarily waived the EM, which was not played in 2021 instead of 2020 due to the corona, in order to regenerate and to reserve his energy and his operational capability for his club team. Because of the missed tournaments, Reus has long attached the image of an almost tragic class player. This is one of the reasons why every injury is perceived with different eyes.
Youssuffa Moukoko, 17, who came on for the again ineffective Anthony Modeste, 34, scored the winning goal with a spectacular header in the 79th minute. Until then, Schalke had successfully defended themselves with an extremely defensive basic structure. Then Schalke felt the same as Dortmund had done three days earlier at Manchester City. City only managed to turn the game against BVB in the 80th and 84th minutes. Moukoko thanked fate with probably the longest goal scream in the world. And wished Reus all the best: "He's just our captain, if he's on the pitch, we have self-confidence."