- Reus scored in injury time to secure a 1-1 draw in Cologne.
- 27-year-old set up three goals against Gladbach.
- FIFA 2017 cover star says he is still not 100 percent.
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.
Reus was relatively quiet as a second-half substitute in Dortmund’s loss at Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 12, but followed that up with a thundering performance a week later, setting up three goals for his team-mates in a 4-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
He was also instrumental in Dortmund’s rousing second-half comeback to secure a draw away to Real Madrid CF on the final matchday of the Champions League group stage. Reus’ lightning speed and understanding with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang yielded a late leveller for BVB and nearly helped them overrun the defending champions in the final phase of the game.
Following that match, and ominously for Dortmund's upcoming opponents, Reus stated that there is still more to come, saying: "I’m still not at 100 percent." Worrying news indeed for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Augsburg, who face Thomas Tuchel's side before the winter break.
Any thoughts that this is merely a purple patch that will eventually come to an end should be quickly dispelled too. The Dortmund native has played a part in 152 goals in 208 games over the course of his Bundesliga career. Those figures are even more impressive in a BVB shirt: he has been involved in 90 goals in 111 matches.
So here’s to a healthy Marco Reus for the foreseeable future - guaranteed excitement for Bundesliga fans!