Germany reeling as Reus ruled out of World Cup

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Germany have announced
that Marco Reus will not
recover from an ankle injury
in time to play in the World
Cup.
The Borussia Dortmund player suffered a partial
ligament tear in Friday’s 6-1 friendly defeat of
Armenia and has been replaced by centre-back
Shkodan Mustafi in Joachim Low’s 23-man squad.
Reus was left in agony following a heavy challenge
from Armenia midfielder Artur Yedigaryan one minute
before the end of the first half and was subsequently
replaced by Lukas Podolski.
The 25-year-old was immediately taken to hospital
to undergo an MRI scan, which confirmed the
ligament damage.
After initial optimism over his chances of playing in
Brazil, Germany confirmed his absence from the
competition on Saturday morning.
“It is extremely regrettable for him and for us,” Low
told the media. “Marco was in excellent shape.
“He was superb in our training camp and during our
friendlies against Cameroon and Armenia. He showed
a real joy for playing. We all expected him to play a
major role in this competition.”
Speaking about Reus’ replacement, the coach
revealed why he picked the once-capped Sampdoria
defender.
“It was not about replacing Marco Reus one-on-one,”
he explained. “We have great quality behind the
forward already, with Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle,
Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian
Draxler and Toni Kroos. We have many alternatives.
“That is why we decided to go with another option
for our defence.
“Shkodan convinced us during the training camp. He
is fit and we trust him. We know we can rely on him
100 per cent.”

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