Bengaluru, February 21: Marco Reus has just scored his first goal for Dortmund this season. He scored a looping goal from the edge of the box against his former club Borussia Moenchengladbach, the classy shot had his name written all over it. This was his first goal after coming back from an injury which kept him out since the beginning of the season. His last goal was 274 days ago against Werder Bremen in the previous season in Bundesliga.
Reus belongs to that group of players who are supremely talented but are routinely held back by their fragile bodies. At the start of this season he suffered from a cruciate ligament tear and in May, 2016, he injured his pelvis which kept him out for six months. The most fateful injury was the one before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where he ruptured his ligament and missed out on a World Cup medal. These are just his major injuries, there are several others that have lasted from two weeks to a month.
However, Dortmund fans will be really happy to know that the latest injury has not robbed him off his skill. He is still a fast passer of the ball who accurately pings a pass to his team-mates, leaving the defense hopelessly caught off guard due to his magic. Not only is he a brilliant passer, his ability to shift from one side to the other at top speed while running with the ball at his feet is another potent weapon of his.
The match against Monchengladbach was exciting due to another story as well.
Reus, Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze played for the first time in midfield, they combined well behind Michy Batshuayi.
Getting them to play together was something Dortmund was planning since 2016 but considering one of the three were injured, this was the first time they managed to play together. This does augur well for Dortmund and Germany just before the Russia World Cup.
This maybe the last World Cup Marco Reus could target. Though most players are at their best at 28 years, given his injury record, this could be the final stage of his glory years. Dortmund have an able replacement in Jadon Sancho waiting to take over from him. Until then, we've to enjoy the man they fondly call “Rolls-Reus”.