World Cup 2014: Marco Reus RULED OUT of World Cup after suffering torn ankle ligament in Germany's 6-1 victory over Armenia

Reus admits his 'dream has ended' as an ankle injury has forced him out of the tournament in Brazil

Germany’s 6-1 international friendly victory over Armenia came at a significant cost on Friday night after attacking midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury.

The Borussia Dortmund star was helped off the pitch in tears after he suffered a partial ligament tear in his left ankle, with the prognosis that he will miss at least seven to eight weeks before he can make a return to training.

A devastated Reus said after the match: “I really don't know how I am meant to find the words to express how I am currently feeling.

“A dream has ended from one second to the next. But I have got to look forwards and be very professional about my rehabilitation because life must go on.

“I will come back, even stronger than I was. My best wishes now go to the whole team and that they reach our goals without me.”

Read more: Ribery ruled out of the World Cup for France
...and there's fears more could join the list

Having become a key figure in Joachim Low’s Germany side, the manager admitted that 25-year-old Reus had become a central figure in his plans for the 2014 World Cup, and will leave a hole in the centre of midfield that will now require filling by one of his team-mates.

“For him and for us this is extremely regrettable,” said Low.

“Marco was in excellent form; he made an outstanding impression in the training camp and in both (friendly) matches against Cameroon and Armenia. He exuded enthusiasm for the game. He played a central role in our planning for Brazil.”

 

Reus was heading into the tournament in strong form having scored 16 goals this season in the Bundesliga, while he scored five goals for his country in their unbeaten campaign to qualify for Brazil 2014.

With team’s still able to call up replacements until the day before their opening match, Low has called on Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi to replace Reus, and explained that he feels the squad had enough cover in midfield with those already in the squad that it wasn’t necessary to add another in that department.

“It's not about replacing Marco Reus directly,” added Low. “We have a lot of quality for the position behind the forward.

“Here we have in Lukas Podolski, Andre Schuerrle, Mario Goetze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos enough options. So we decided for another option in defense.”

Reus goes down injured after suffering a partial tear of an ankle ligament Reus goes down injured after suffering a partial tear of an ankle ligament Mustafi confirmed that Low had phoned him on his way home to reveal he was needed in Brazil, and he toled the DPA Agency of his disappointment for Reus but his jubilation at his own call-up.

“I'm very sorry for Marco, but of course I'm happy that I can be there,” Mustafi said.

Germany ran out comfortable winners in the match thanks to goals from Andre Schurrle, Lukas Podolski, Benedikt Howedes and a late Mario Gotze double.

Sport
formula oneLive lap-by-lap coverage of championship decider
News
Lily Allen performs on stage at Splendour In the Grass 2014 on 27 July, 2014, in Byron Bay, Australia
people
News
Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, formerly known as Frank Maloney, entered the 2014 Celebrity Big Brother house
people
Arts and Entertainment
tvStrictly presenter returns to screens after Halloween accident
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
video
Arts and Entertainment
Jerry Hall (Hand out press photograph provided by jackstanley@theambassadors.com)
theatre
News
peopleFormer civil rights activist who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine has died aged 78
Sport
Manny Pacquiao lands a blow on Chris Algieri
Pacquiao retains WBO welterweight title – and says he wants Mayweather next
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Carrie Hope Fletcher
booksFirst video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Arts and Entertainment
Damien Hirst
artCoalition's anti-culture policy and cuts in local authority spending to blame, says academic
News
i100
Sport
premier leagueMatch report: Arsenal 1 Man United 2
Arts and Entertainment
Kirk Cameron is begging his Facebook fans to give him positive reviews
film
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin