Marco Reus’ injury has sent shockwaves across German football. One of the best players in Europe in the 2013-14 season, the Borussia Dortmund star was set to be the man to take Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil this summer.
Instead, the 25-year-old will use the summer months to recover from an ankle injury he suffered during his side’s friendly international against Armenia on Friday. A challenge from opposition midfielder Artur Yedigaryan was enough to dash his hopes of playing in Brazil.
If Liverpool legend and former Germany international midfielder Dietmar Hamann is to be believed, then the injury has also crashed the three-time world champions’ chances of emerging triumphant in South America next month.
If Reus were to miss the WC it'll be a hammer blow to Germany's chances to go far in that WC. He is irreplaceable.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) June 7, 2014
After it was confirmed that Reus will miss the gala tournament, Hamann told Goal.com: ‘There is little euphoria in Germany surrounding the national team at the moment because of all the players missing and out of form... But they have no striker, (Bastian) Schweinsteiger is a very important player who missed many games this year due to injury, you cannot says if (Sami) Khedira is 100% fit, (Ilkay) Gundogan could have been a big player, but he did not even make the team. And now Reus is a hammer blow’.
Reus has been one of the top players at Dortmund in the past two years and has been linked with a move to Manchester United for months. However, in recent days Barcelona have emerged as the frontrunners, but is there still time for the Red Devils to make a swoop and sign him?
United are desperately seeking midfield reinforcements for next season as new manager Louis van Gaal will attempt to make a strong start to his tenure at Old Trafford. Reus is a player who can take the Red Devils back to their former glory. Pace, skills, tricks, shooting power, versatility – Reus is the perfect package, as he has shown time and time again in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League for Dortmund.
As with every major injury, there are always doubts that once recovered, the players may lose some of their old magic. Barcelona may feel the same, back out of the deal to sign Reus and could ultimately not sanction the move of Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea. If so, then United should swoop in.
Barca have top-quality midfield players – maybe some of them are underperforming, but they do have the calibre. On the other hand, United lack quality in that department and need to make key signings.
Hamann’s declaration that Reus is “irreplaceable” for Germany should get the United officials into action. Remember, this is a German team inundated with talent. Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze all can step up, but Hamann still believes that will not be enough. That underlines just how good Reus is.