After Borussia Dortmund waited patiently for Marco Reus to return from injury, the Black-and-Yellows have been handsomely repaid by their superstar midfielder, who put in the latest of a string of standout performances against 1. FC Koln on Matchday 14.
"Marco Reus is irreplaceable for us," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said after his team had secured a critical 1-1 draw away to fellow European hopefuls Köln. It was anything but an exaggeration. Reus scored BVB’s lone goal in injury time, helping BVB to snatch a point and stay in sixth place. The midfielder’s late-game heroics were just another chapter in what is fast becoming a deadly run of form.
Watch: Check out Reus' late strike in Cologne on Matchday 14:
A groin injury kept Reus out of Germany’s UEFA Euro 2016 squad, and also meant he missed Dortmund’s entire pre-season. Although he has only been back in the BVB line-up for some three weeks, his impact has already been massive.
In three Bundesliga games and two UEFA Champions League encounters, Reus has notched four goals and five assists. Furthermore, he has done so in just 319 minutes of action, meaning he has had a direct hand in a goal approximately every 35 minutes.
With hindsight, his initial return against Legia Warszawa in the Champions League was a sign that Reus was ready to hit the ground running. The 27-year-old laid on two goals in the match and scored two more in a wild 8-4 rout. On the night Reus thought he had even struck a hat-trick, but UEFA officially recorded one of his efforts as an own goal by Jakub Rzezniczak.