2014 World Cup: Marco Reus Ruled Out for Germany

courtesy fifa.com

courtesy fifa.com

The German Mens National Team received some bad news on Saturday as they learned Marco Reus will miss the 2014 World Cup. Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi was called up to replace him. The Borussia Dortmund winger tore ankle ligaments in Germany’s final warm-up match against Armenia on Friday night.

According to the German Football Association the 25 year old faces a layoff of seven to eight weeks. “It’s extremely regrettable both for him and for us,” said Head Coach Joachim Low on Saturday.

Low also had this to say:

“Marco was in top form and he had made a fantastic impression during our training camp and in both our games against Cameroon and Armenia. You could just see how much he was enjoying his football. He had played a key role in our considerations for Brazil.”

“It was not about finding a like-for-like replacement for Marco,” Low said. “We have a great deal of quality in that position behind the forwards.

“We’ve got enough alternatives with Lukas PodolskiAndre SchurrleMario GotzeThomas MullerMesut OzilJulian Draxler and Toni Kroos. That is why we have chosen an extra option for the defence. Shkodran impressed us during our training camp, he’s fit and we have faith in him. We know we can rely on him 100 per cent.”

Fortunately for Marco Reus will not require surgery but he will spend the next two months receiving treatment in Dortmund in a bid to be fit for the start of the German Bundesliga season at the end of August. With Reus only being 25 he will more than likely be able to participate in the 2018 World Cup for Germany. Reus was seen as a key player in Germany’s quest to claim their first international title in 18 years.


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Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.



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