Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has been named Germany's Player of the Year for 2018 in a poll by the German Football Association (DFB).
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder claimed 33.9 per cent of the 89,929 votes, with Bayern Munich and Germany international Joshua Kimmich coming in second (31 per cent) and former Schalke forward Leroy Sane, now of Manchester City, third (10.3 per cent).
Marco Reus, the Comeback Kid
Reus played in eight of Germany's 13 matches in 2018, registering one goal and two assists, and appeared at only his second major international tournament as a professional - the 2018 FIFA World Cup - following a succession of career-threatening injuries.
The 29-year-old missed the 2014 World Cup after tearing ankle ligaments in a warm-up friendly against Armenia the week before the start of the tournament, while a groin injury ruled him out of UEFA Euro 2016.
Dortmund's skipper also sat out the entire international calendar in 2017 due to ruptured ligaments in his right knee, before making his first appearance for Die Mannschaft in almost two years, in a World Cup warm-up fixture against Austria in June 2018. He featured in all three of Germany's group games at the finals in Russia.
Dortmund's Captain Fantastic
Domestically, Reus has been playing arguably his best football to date. He finished 2017/18 with seven goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances, and has had a direct hand in more goals than any other player at the halfway stage of the 2018/19 campaign (11 goals, six assists).
An ever-present for leaders Dortmund so far this season, he was also voted the Bundesliga's Player of the Month for September and November.