DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 18: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund reacts during the Bundesliga match between Fortuna Duesseldorf and Borussia Dortmund at Esprit-Arena on December 18, 2018 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has won his third Player of the Month prize this season for his exploits in December

The Germany international has enjoyed an impressive campaign after missing most of last season through a cruciate ligament injury.

In December, Reus scored three goals and made one assist in his five appearances to help Dortmund end 2018 on top of the Bundesliga with a six-point cushion over Bayern Munich.

The 29-year-old’s exploits this season have now seen him collect three out of four Bundesliga Player of the Month prizes with BVB coach Lucien Favre recently paying tribute to the star in his new attacking midfield position last week.

“I know Marco well from Gladbach, and I must say that he has always been sensational,” said Favre.

“Offensively, he can put his stamp on every game – particularly in the middle at his favourite position.

“He’s an intelligent player who has a feeling for football. An outstanding footballer. Fantastic!”

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Bayern trio Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba had been in contention for this month’s award along with Werder Bremen captain Max Kruse and VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Yannick Gerhardt.

Dortmund, who defeated RB Leipzig 1-0 in their first league game of 2019 on Saturday, received a welcome boost later on with the news that the injury Reus sustained prior to last weekend is not a serious one.

The German had previously suffered a career-threatening injury back in 2017 which forced him to undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee and kept him sidelined for 259 days before returning in February 2018.

After being a surprise omission from the squad due to the knock he sustained in training on Friday, Reus will likely be available again for BVB’s next Bundesliga game against Hannover 96 on Saturday.

Favre’s side remain six points ahead of Bayern as they chase a first league crown since 2012.