Reus taken to hospital with suspected torn ankle ligaments
Borussia Dortmund not only lost two points in the 2-2 draw in Paderborn, they also lost Marco Reus through injury. The attacking midfielder, who scored BVB’s second goal of the afternoon and their 2,800th in the Bundesliga, was forced off in the 64th minute with a suspected ankle injury.
BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said after the match that Reus could have sustained “a lateral ankle ligament rupture, with the syndesmosis also looking to be damaged, according to our doctor’s initial diagnosis.”
Five months ago, in an international friendly for Germany against Armenia, Reus suffered a partial ligament tear in his left ankle which ruled him out of the World Cup. This time, it’s the other foot, which, according to BVB coach Jürgen Klopp, “makes it even worse. His ankle has swollen up badly.”
Reus was taken to a Paderborn hospital during the game for a full diagnosis. Due to injuries, the Germany international has only managed 11 appearances for BVB this season, yet he still had a hand in nine goals (scoring six and assisting three).
Klopp called the incident “madness” in a post-match statement. “I can’t find another word for it,” said the Dortmund coach, though he was eager to stress that he doesn’t believe it was an intentional foul by former BVB player Marvin Bakalorz. But he also said, “There are situations where he makes sliding tackles without any control whatsoever. I used to tell him that he shouldn’t do that. Marvin is a great lad, but that was just too much.”
The Paderborn midfielder was visibly shocked after the game, saying, “Klopp screamed at me, and rightly so.” Paderborn coach André Breitenreiter said, “Those who know him well know that he loves BVB. Marvin was ashen-faced. We are all very sorry about it, even if we can’t change what happened.”