VIDEO: Germany arrive in Brazil without Manchester United target

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Manchester United transfer target Marco Reus is left behind because of an ankle injury, as Germany arrive in Brazil ahead of the World Cup.

Joachim Low and his team have arrived in Brazil ahead of the World Cup much to the delight of the home and German supporters.

However, one player who hasn't made the journey with the German side is key midfielder Marco Reus. The Manchester United target damaged ankle ligaments in a friendly game against Armenia which ended in a 6-1 victory for Die Mannschaft.

Reus joins a lengthy injury list for Germany as Lars Bender, Ilkay Gundagan, Marcel Schmelzer and Holger Badstuber are all out, while Low sweats on the recovery of his first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. 

Germany have replaced the Dortmund midfielder with Shkodran Mustafi of Sampdoria in the 23-man squad. Reus's absence will be a huge blow for Germany, who finished third in the 2010 World Cup; the 25-year-old's impressive 2013-14 season consisted of 21 goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga.

Fans will bemoan the injuries that have plagued the German squad, but it allows a chance for other players to be given an opportunity to stake a claim for themselves on the international stage. 

Reus was beginning to turn heads and draw attention from the Premier League after his impressive 2013-14 campaign and this set-back will not be a welcomed one for the 25-year-old.

But with Reus out, Andre Schurrle can step up to the plate for Germany. The dynamic Chelsea midfielder will be keen to show his ability after what was an exciting debut season for him at Stamford Bridge.

A like-for-like replacement for Reus, the former Bayer Leverkusen star is also a goal-scoring playmaker who can help carry the German attack.

Having scored eight Premier League goals last season, Schurrle will feel that it is time for his name to be on everyone's lips this summer.

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