The German national team received a devastating blow with the news that Marco Reus would miss the World Cup due to injury.
Reus will miss this summer’s tournament after sustaining a partial ligament tear during their 6-1 friendly victory over Armenia.
The Borussia Dortmund star was set to play a major role in Joachim Low’s plans in Brazil and he had been tipped to shine over the coming weeks.
Aside from the obvious, here’s three reasons why Reus will be such a huge loss.
Germany have lost their key man and their biggest goal threat...
Playing on the left side of midfield for the majority of the season, Reus scored an impressive 21 goals for Dortmund in all competitions. The 25-year-old netted 16 times in the league alone, starring as the German outfit's top performer for the majority of the campaign.
Ultimately, the his performances at club-level have helped to soften the blow of losing Robert Lewandowski, who is set to complete a move to rivals Bayern Munich upon his contract expiry.
While Lewandowski ended the season as the club’s most clinical striker, Reus was much more influential.
Many were expecting Reus to replicate this impressive form at international level, but he will now have to wait to prove himself on the world stage. He was preparing to star as the lead man in Joachim Low’s side – a sight we were all eager to see.
Former Germany international Didi Hamann had previously highlighted Reus as his country’s main goal threat, whilst comparing him to England's Daniel Sturridge:
“Unfortunately you can’t buy players for international football. Germany would love someone upfront with pace and purpose, someone who also puts the ball in the back of the net with regularity. They will be looking at England and Daniel Sturridge with envy, but as they don’t have a Sturridge of their own the most important player for them is Marco Reus.”
He has since commented on the loss of the youngster, describing his absence as a “hammer blow” – “He is irreplaceable,” he stated in his Bleacher Report column.
Europe has lost its most creative player...
Reus’ creative talents arguably outweigh his scoring ability. In fact, he has proven himself as the most prolific European in terms of service to his Borussia Dortmund team mates.
Throughout the previous campaign, Reus created an impressive 90 goal-scoring opportunities and assisted a total of 13 goals. In terms of goals created, only Real Madrid’s Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria (17) made more than Reus across the continent's most competitive leagues.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is commonly viewed as the source of creativity for Low’s German side, yet the former Real Madrid player created fewer chances than Reus last term. He fashioned 86 scoring opportunities in total, assisting just five goals.
Speculation linking Reus with a Dortmund exit has been rife in recent weeks, with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona interested in securing his services ahead of the upcoming season.
The World Cup would have offered the perfect chance for Reus to impress his potential suitors, or indeed, make spectators even more envious of his talents.
For those who are yet to see him in action, Brazil would have been a fantastic opportunity. The Marco Reus bandwagon is already close to full capacity, but a few new fans wouldn’t pose huge problems.
He is a player who possesses huge talent and, simply put, the World Cup will be less of a spectacle without him.