Former Manchester United star sends message to Reus

Marco Reus

Rio Ferdinand feels sorry for Germany international Marco Reus, who will miss the World Cup due to injury.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged Marco Reus to remain “strong” following the Borussia Dortmund midfielder’s injury.

The 25-year-old has been ruled out of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil due to an ankle injury he suffered during Germany’s friendly international against Armenia on Friday.

The Dortmund star, who was one of the best players in Europe in the 2013-14 season, suffered a partial ligament tear following a challenge from opposition midfielder Artur Yedigaryan just before the end of the first half.

Germany, who are one of the favourites heading into the summer tournament, went on to win the match 6-1, but on Saturday it was confirmed that Reus will miss the World Cup.

The news comes as a huge blow for Joachim Low's side, who were relying on his pace, creativity and powerful shots from midfield to guide them to World Cup glory. The former Borussia Monchengladbach star himself will be bitterly disappointed at missing the chance of playing in football’s biggest tournament, especially as this was going to be his first World Cup.

Reus has been getting messages of support from a number of footballing figures since the sad announcement was made, and now former United and England defender Ferdinand has expressed his support for the German.

Ferdinand himself was forced out of England’s World Cup squad four years ago in South Africa due to a knee injury and retired from international football in May 2013.

A number of top players will miss the World Cup due to injuries, including Colombia international Radamel Falcao. It is a shame that these things happen, but that’s life, that’s football.

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