Marco Reus confident of making Germany World Cup squad after BVB return

Marco Reus confident of making Germany World Cup squad after BVB return
From ESPN - February 10, 2018

Marco Reus is confident he will make Germany's 2018 World Cup squad after making his full-season debut on Saturday in BVB's 2-0 win over HSV.

Reus, 28, was sidelined for nearly nine months after picking up a ligament injury during Dortmund's DFB Pokal win in May 2017 and BVB coach Peter Stoger told a news conference on Thursday ahead of the game that he was unsure whether the midfielder would be included in the matchday squad.

However, Reus was indeed in the squad against Hamburg and he was immediately rotated back into the starting XI:

"[Peter Stoger] and I were in frequent exchange," he told ESPN FC after the game. "Because I wanted to see how the week in training would develop. Yesterday we decided that I wanted to be in the team and the coach also wanted me to play.

"It did not come as a surprise to me that I started. After such a long injury it's always harder to start off the bench, especially in a match like today's.

"But I am feeling good, everything was OK today. I could have played the full distance but one should not overdo it, especially with the crammed fixture list in mind. We have important games on Thursday and then Sunday."

Reus was subbed off for Mario Gotze in the 71st minute with Dortmund riding a narrow 1-0 lead. The playmaker had contributed three key passes and played the ball to Christian Pulisic, who squared for Michy Batshuayi to score the opener after 48 minutes.

Reus said it was too soon to say whether he would feature in BVB's home leg against Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday.

"We will have to wait and see if I can already play on Thursday. First of all, it was important for me to make my comeback. Being injured for eight months is a long time for a football, I had to be very patient," Reus said.

"And, of course, it will still take some time until my teammates and I are used to playing together again. It was visible that we did not play our best game today but we should not focus too much on the negative. We won today. And if you win, we will automatically play better football going forward."


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