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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2017

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus was forced to withdraw from his side’s clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday after picking up an injury.

BVB revealed the knock through their official Twitter account, cursing the fact that Reus wasn’t fit to play any further part in the game: 

The Germany international was forced to leave the field just before half-time in the Bundesliga clash, with Dortmund 2-0 up and looking good to keep the pressure on the top two in the table.

As Fox Soccer revealed, Christian Pulisic replaced the stricken German in the match and could well continue to deputise for him over the coming weeks.

For the BVB star, any kind of layoff represents a major blow. Reus is a world-class talent and one of the most multifaceted forward players in Europe, but injuries have prevented him from kicking on at the Westfalenstadion to become one of the world’s best.

When on the field, Reus brings an incision and inventiveness to Dortmund’s play. He’s quick on the ball, capable of playing neat passes into feet or firing off ferocious shots at goal. 

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 18: Marco Reus of Dortmund and Vieirinha Da Freitas of Wolfsburg battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg at Signal Iduna Park on February 18, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Phot

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Dortmund at least have a clutch of attacking talent to step in. Andre Schurrle and Ousmane Dembele are each adept at filling in on either flank, while the likes of Pulisic, Shinji Kagawa and Emre Mor are also gifted creators.

While Reus’ perennial injury issues mean Dortmund have had to become used to him being absent, manager Thomas Tuchel will be aware that his side are a much stronger force when he’s prowling up and down the left flank.

All those tied to the Westfalenstadion club will be hoping Reus can recover from this latest blow and embark on a prolonged spell in the side that’s free of injury issues.  

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