In a World Cup increasingly threatened by injuries to key players, it appears Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus may be added to the list of absentees after picking up an injury during Germany’s 6-1 win over Armenia.
The 24-year-old was thought likely to be one of the stars of the tournament following his impressive season in the Bundesliga. His 16 goals and 13 assists in 26 league starts is as good as any other midfielder in Europe this season, and it's his quality and consistency which has impressed the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona.
Manchester United have been keen on Reus for the majority of the season, and the appointment of new manager Louis Van Gaal doesn't appear to have altered the club’s interest in the Dortmund star.
With the World Cup fast-approaching - and the Germans anxious to progress to the final for the first time since 1990 - Germany coach Joachim Low may well have to make do without one of his leading players.
With just a minute to go before the half-time interval in Germany’s World Cup warm-up friendly, Reus tangled with an Armenia defender whilst challenging for the ball, and fell to the ground.
Reus is thought to have suffered a partial ligament rupture, and his participation in this summer's tournament looks highly unlikely now.