Borussia Dortmund confirm Giovanni Reyna’s injury is “more serious than expected”


Borussia Dortmund’s head coach Marco Rose confirmed that midfielder Giovanni Reyna is facing longer than expected on the sidelines after complications from a thigh injury.

The Bundesliga star has not seen the pitch since he had a health problem when he represented the United States against El Salvador on September 3 in a World Cup qualifier.

Officials initially said Reyna could be out for the usual three to eight weeks while she recovers from a prolonged hoarding, but Rose now confirmed that a tendon and nerves have also been affected.

After several setbacks with the rehab procedure, Borussia Dortmund’s manager can not predict exactly when the midfielder will be available to train with the team again.

“The injury turned out to be a little more serious than we expected. It’s really not predictable for me when he comes back in training with the team, I have to be honest,” said Rose. “But we hope it will happen before the end of this year.”

The injury came as a major blow to the US men’s national team, which counted on his contribution in the upcoming World Cup qualifier against the North American rivals Mexico.

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter has since left Reyna off the US list ahead of the November window.

Before her injury, Reyna had excelled in her club and international career. He scored two goals in the first three Bundesliga matches for Dortmund, while playing a major role for the United States in their Nations Cup victory over Mexico.

Berhalter initially expected that Christian Pulisic and Reyna would match up on the pitch during the November window, but will need to adjust the starting line to highlight the Chelsea player alone instead.

USMNT must now fight harder to reach first place after fighting in their initial World Cup qualifiers. The American team is in second place with 11 points in six games and a record of 3-2-1.

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