Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus will not make his return in Saturday’s Klassiker against Bayern Munich after sustaining a heel problem.
Reus, whose progress over recent seasons has been persistently hampered by fitness woes, has not featured for Thomas Tuchel’s side since May’s DFB-Pokal final defeat to Bayern due to an adductor injury.
The 27-year-old resumed training with Dortmund last month and was reported to be on the verge of a return to the matchday squad for German football’s stand-out domestic fixture.
But Dortmund tweeted on Friday: “[Reus] has slight heel problems. To take no chances after his lengthy downtime, using him tomorrow is not possible.”
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 18, 2016
Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti expects Dortmund to cope without Reus, and suggested that the Germany international could become a wiser player as a result of his injury concerns.
“Reus is a fantastic player but I think Dortmund will be able to use others,” Ancelotti said on Friday.
“Injuries are never easy for the players, but this is part of the game. I was injured myself for two years. Sometimes spells like these are helpful in learning for the future.”