Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus is determined to return to full fitness as soon as possible to help BVB challenge for domestic and European honours this season.

Reus suffered an ankle injury in Germany’s 6-1 victory over Armenia at the beginning of June, which ended the 25-year-old’s World Cup ambitions. Despite admitting that he was left “shattered” by the injury, Reus says he is now fully focused on his recovery and helping die Schwarz-Gelben challenge FC Bayern München at the Bundesliga summit.

Reus’ Echte Liebe

“First and foremost, the most important thing for me is to get fit. Everything else can fall by the wayside,” Reus, who scored 16 goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund last season, told Germany’s largest specialist football magazine Kicker. “If I’m not playing football, I can’t win titles or play in any matches. I love playing for Dortmund.”

The former Borussia Mönchengladbach man was expected to be sidelined for three months but, after resuming light training at the end of July, BVB medical staff are hopeful that Reus might be able to return to action earlier than initially planned. Reus, however, has played down talk of an early comeback. “I’ll only return when I’m at 100 per cent and can really help the team,” said the attacking midfielder, who admits watching his Germany colleagues lift the World Cup trophy following their was a painful experience.

“My dreams were shattered,” he said. “If you find out one day before the team is due to leave for Brazil that you can’t go with them, it’s very painful. When you bear in mind how the tournament ended, it hurts twice as much that I wasn’t able to take part.”