Heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, Germany star Marco Reus suffered an ankle injury in the side’s 6-1 win over Armenia on Friday. Reus joins Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender as Germany’s second casualty since the announcement of their 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup campaign in Brazil.
The Borrusia Dortmund winger has been replaced by Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi, who formerly played for Premier League side Everton. Reus was set to be a key member of Germany’s midfield after an impressive campaign at Dortmund, scoring 23 goals and 18 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions. His contribution led the side to second place in the Bundesliga, also scoring a hat-trick against Zenit and two goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Ranked fourth in the best European footballers list by Bloomberg last year, Reus has been linked with a number of sides this summer. With Mario Gotze hinting at Reus’s interest in moving to Old Trafford, the potential transfer looked promising.
Reus will be out for 6-8 weeks according to BBC after suffering partial ligament damage. This could force van Gaal to look elsewhere, with the Dutchman linked with a number of Dortmund’s star players including Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.
Germany boss Joachim Low stated this about the injury,
“For him and for us this is extremely regrettable.
“It is not about us replacing Marco Reus one on one. Our quality in the position behind the strikers is very high. We have Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos to give us plenty of alternatives.
“That’s why we decided for another option for the defensive area. Shkodran impressed us in training camp, he’s fit, we have confidence in him. “
Marco Reus’s price tag currently stands at around £40 million (est. $67 million), though a successful World Cup campaign was likely to skyrocket that fee. Unfortunately for Reus, he will be unable to exhibit his world class ability on the biggest stage of them all.