Following his omission from Joachim Löw's 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2016, Borussia Dortmund and Germany star Marco Reus has turned to his fans to explain the reason behind the decision.
"Dear fans, I would like to take this opportunity to personally inform you about my health," Reus posted to his 13.3 million-strong Facebook following. "Unfortunately I injured my adductors in the DFB Cup final [where Dortmund lost to FC Bayern München] and it got worse as the game went on. I tried for ten days with the DFB [the German Football Association] doctors to recover my fitness in time for the European Championship.
"Unfortunately, we were not able to initiate a quick enough healing process to be fit in time for France. We jointly decided with the national team coach that it would be of no use either for the team or for my own health to travel with the team."
It was a bitter blow for Reus, who also missed the victorious 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil with an ankle injury. The 27-year-old attacking midfielder featured 26 times in the Bundesliga for Dortmund this season, contributing an impressive 12 goals and three assists as the Black and Yellows finished second to champions Bayern.
Reus remained upbeat despite his latest setback, however. "The most important thing in the coming weeks will be to heal the injury with a clear objective, to once again be 100 percent fit for Borussia Dortmund and then to fully attack the national team again!"