Reus reeling from new ankle setback
Borussia Dortmund's in-demand Germany midfielder Marco Reus has been ruled out until 2015 after damaging his ankle ligaments, the club have confirmed.
Confirmation of the setback is a huge blow to the 25-year-old, who missed his country's successful World Cup campaign in Brazil in the summer because of torn ligaments in his left ankle, and to BVB ahead of their Champions League group game against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Reus hurt his right ankle in a challenge with former team-mate Marvin Bakalorz in a 2-2 draw against promoted Paderborn on Saturday in the Bundesliga and was taken off on a stretcher.
"It was a horrific moment," said head coach Jurgen Klopp. "It's a red card. A draw in Paderborn isn't that dramatic, but the loss of Reus is harder to accept."
Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke said: "How much bad luck can you have?"
Match referee Wolfgang Stark later admitted he made a mistake not sending Bakalorz off for the challenge.
"The way I saw it during the game, Bakalorz slid in to get the ball and he made the slightest of contacts with it before then hitting Reus," Stark told the Bild newspaper.
"For me, it was a foul and a yellow card. When I saw the replay afterwards, I was shocked and I've got to say that red would have been the right decision."
The latest injury setback is the fourth lay-off Reus, whose future at Westfalenstadion is being monitored by a host of big clubs, has sustained in the past five months.
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