Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus has successfully undergone surgery to correct knee ligament damage sustained in the DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt last month.
The 27-year-old had an operation earlier this week and subsequently took to Instagram to update fans on his progress, commenting that he is unlikely to return to action until 2018.
"Hi fans, I hope you're all doing well. Last Wednesday I had an operation on my posterior cruciate ligament. The surgery went well and I'm on the road to recovery. I'll now start a relatively long period of rehabilitation, which I'll go into with everything I've got! I'll give my all to be back on the pitch again soon. I've always come back strong and will do so again this time.
We have a lot of plans with our new Dortmund coach Peter Bosz and with the national team at the World Cup in Russia. My main aim is to be in peak fitness in the new year so that I can go all out in the business end of the season.
Thank you so much for all your support. It means a great deal to me and gives me strength for the difficult time I have ahead of me.
I wish Jogi Löw and the boys all the best at the Confederations Cup.
Reus missed 16 games due to injury in 2016/17. When he did play – on 17 occasions – he made a difference, with seven goals. In four Champions League appearances, he scored a further four goals and will be sorely missed by the Black-Yellows at the start of next season.