Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp says Marco Reus will be fit to take on Bayer Leverkusen in a blockbuster Bundesliga clash on Saturday.
The forward was taken off at half-time with a foot injury during Germany’s 2-1 World Cup qualifier win over Austria on Tuesday, but the damage was found to be nothing more than bruising.
“He (Reus) is fine,” declared Klopp.
“I mean it was not a good feeling watching the match and seeing that your player, in this case Marco Reus, was injured.
“If you don’t know what’s going on you are worried but after a while Marco informed me that it was just a painful bruise.
“The other day it was much better so that will be no problem for Saturday’s game.”
Reigning German champions Dortmund are sixth on the Bundesliga table, having taken four points from their opening two games, but a 1-1 draw with Nuremberg before the international break snapped a run of seven consecutive wins for the North Rhine club.
Ninth-placed Leverkusen, meanwhile, are a point behind with a win and a loss from their opening two matches, but Klopp is still glad Reus is available as his side prepares for one of the league’s trickier opponents.
“I wouldn’t say Bayer are unpredictable but they are very flexible,” Klopp said.
“Against Frankfurt they performed well offensively but not so well defensively.
“Against Freiburg everything worked out well. They were so dominant and played very fast and aggressive football.
“(So) Leverkusen have an extraordinarily good team and they did a lot of good transfer business.
“They’ve got a lot of new talented players and also they kept their best players, that’s always important.”