It’s been a trying year even by the standards Marco Reus is used to. Light is at the end of the tunnel for the 28-year-old with a return to the Borussia Dortmund squad following a harrowing cruciate ligament injury suffered in May 2017.
In his five years at the Westfalenstadion, Reus has missed almost full a season through injury. Despite this, he is close to 200 appearances for Dortmund during which time he has a DFB-Pokal winners medal as well as being a member of the BVB side so cruelly beaten by Arjen Robben’s last-minute Wembley winner in the 2012-13 Champions League final.
Although the player has a reputation for being injury-prone, Reus has impressive statistics with 89 goals in his 189 appearances. These underline why some of Europe’s biggest names are willing to take the risk of investing €40m or more in the German international.
Joining the Gunners in the chase are Inter Milan and Liverpool. Reus’ name is regularly mentioned in despatches across Jurgen Klopp’s desk with former Reds such as Didi Hamann urging the German to sign his former charge as long ago as December 2015.
Is this the year those hopes come true?