Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus will return next weekend, sporting director Michael Zorc said on Sunday.
The Black and Yellows once again had to make do without Reus in their 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. The midfielder has missed four games due to a muscle injury picked up in the first half of a cup match against Werder Bremen two weeks ago. BVB fans can be hopeful that their star player will return to the field on Friday away to FC Augsburg.
Zorc told Sky: "Marco picked up a cold during his recovery from the muscular injury, which delayed his return but we're confident to see him back next weekend."
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre explained after the game that the 29-year-old's recovery was also slowed down due to his lack of fitness. He told a news conference after the game: "Marco needs to continue to work on his fitness after missing large chunks of the winter camp. Even though he has already played against Hannover, Frankfurt and Bremen [in the DFB Pokal], he is not at full strength yet."
In Reus' absence, Dortmund crashed out of the German cup, suffered a painful 3-0 defeat away to Tottenham in the Champions League and dropped two points apiece in the Bundesliga in draws against Hoffenheim (3-3) and Nuremberg (0-0).
On Sunday, the league leaders snapped their five-game winless streak in all competitions against their former coach Peter Bosz to remain three points clear of Bayern Munich, who narrowly beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday.
The ex-coach graciously congratulated the team, which he coached for nearly half a season in 2017. The 55-year-old Dutchman said after the game: "Congrats to bvb family. At the stage in the championship, all the counts are the three points. Today, maybe not the better team won but the luckier team. I hope that the three points also remain in Dortmund in the next games."
Dortmund were helped by the return of centre-back Manuel Akanji, who had missed since the end of December with a groin injury. The 23-year-old described the win as a possible turning point, telling BVB Total: "It's a great feeling to be back on the pitch. It was not an easy game but had the right answers. This will boost our confidence."
Dortmund will kick off the 24th round of the Bundesliga on Friday away to 15th-placed FC Augsburg.