Borussia Dortmund will be without Marco Reus for four weeks. The Germany international, who is expected to return to action at the start of April, tore muscle fibres in the back of his thigh in the 6-2 Bundesliga victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

"It's a real blow, because over the last few weeks and in particular in the opening stages today, which I felt were somewhat sluggish, Marco was the one who consistently got us going, who took the responsibility, who was alert. He has been incredibly stable for weeks now, he's been playing at a high level and is a very important character," bemoaned Thomas Tuchel on Saturday. "It's an enormous loss that takes the shine off the win."

The 27-year-old, who will be absent until the international break, will miss the club's matches against Hertha, Benfica and Ingolstadt. At the beginning of April BVB travel to Gelsenkirchen (1/4), face Hamburg (4/4) and visit Munich (8/4). (br)