Favre hopes Reus will recover quickly for Dortmund

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 02: Marco Reus of Dortmund applauds the fans after the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund at Commerzbank-Arena on February 02, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre hopes Marco Reus’ injury isn’t too serious after coming off in their DFB-Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen on Tuesday.

The BVB captain was withdrawn at half-time with an apparent injury problem after just equalising with a free-kick for Dortmund to cancel out Milot Rashica’s early opener at Signal Iduna Park.

Replacing Reus was super-sub Paco Alcacer, but the Spanish forward couldn’t get on the scoresheet with the Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic instead rising to the occasion by putting Dortmund ahead in extra-time of their last-16 clash.

But 40-year-old Claudio Pizarro put Werder back level before Achraf Hakimi made it 3-2 in Dortmund’s favour.

However, Werder mounted a late fightback against the Bundesliga leaders with Martin Harnik’s header in the 119th-minute proving to be too much for Dortmund’s debutant goalkeeper Eric Oelschlagel to handle.

Florian Kohfeldt’s side then went on to claim a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win to progress to the last-eight of the DFB-Pokal.

But, for Favre, the main concern now is on Reus’ availability for Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim at home.

The Germany international has been in sensational form for Dortmund this season and he’s already been named the Bundesliga’s Player of the Month three times.

“We hope, but we don’t know yet,” said Favre on Fox Sports, when asked if Reus will be available for the Hoffenheim game.

“I can’t answer that definitely. We will have to wait some days and examine him again.

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“[Wednesday] will be too early so we will have to wait a day longer, but we hope.”

Reus has managed 17 goals and 11 assists in 27 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions this season.

BVB will hope to quickly put their DFB-Pokal cup exit behind them and claim victory this weekend to maintain their seven-point over Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Favre’s side will also return to Champions League action on Tuesday, where they will take a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

 

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