Germany's friendly double-header against Spain and Brazil comes too soon for Marco Reus, but Borussia Dortmund's fit-again talisman hasn't given up hope of going to this summer's FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"If I play consistently and stay healthy, then I'll have a chance," Reus said, having made a spectacular return to first-team action in February following eight months out with a serious ankle ligament injury. "It's up to the coach."
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A fully fit Reus is impossible to ignore, but his chequered injury history – he missed the 2014 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 because of all-too-familiar ankle troubles - means that Germany boss Joachim Löw is not willing to take any risks on a player, whose only major tournament appearance to date came six years ago at Euro 2012.
"With Marco, it's important to be cautious, to ease him back to the top level without putting any unnecessary pressure on him," Löw said. "Above all, he needs to be pain-free and fit over a longer period of time, playing and training regularly, so he can find his rhythm and build up his confidence."
With three goals and one assist in five Bundesliga appearances since making his comeback, Reus is heading in the right direction. A recently penned contract extension underlines his importance to Dortmund's long-term future, but his health remains the priority for all concerned.
"Of course it's nice to hear those things from the coach and to have Joachim Löw's backing, even though I was out for so long," Reus told goal.com. "When you've been out for so long, you never know how it's going to go. There'll probably be times when I'm not performing to the level I want to be, but right now I'm just happy to be back on the pitch. Hopefully, I can stay healthy."