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Football’s forgotten man makes Borussia Dortmund return 259 days after knee injury

Marco Reus captained Borussia Dortmund against Hamburg eight months after suffering a severe knee injury in the German Cup final

While everyone at Borussia Dortmund celebrated a fourth German Cup trophy in May 2017 Marco Reus was forced to come to terms with another long-term injury.

The man who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 because of injury had come off at half-time after tearing his cruciate ligament.

Eight months- 259 days to be exact- after the injury Reus is finally back on the pitch.

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Yes he is my friend

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Yes he is my friend

Reus started Dortmund’s game against Hamburg at the Westfalenstadion and was handed the captain’s armband.

Plenty has changed since he last started a game for Dortmund.

Eight months ago the 28-year-old partnered Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.

A sadly familiar sight

A sadly familiar sight

Reus’ comeback game saw him slot in alongside Christian Pulisic and Andre Schurrle in support of Michy Batshuayi.

In fact only three players from May started the game against Hamburg- Roman Burki, Lukasz Piszczek and Shinji Kagawa.

All change.

It’s good to see him back

It’s good to see him back

Reus watched on as Aubameyang’s replacement Batshuayi put Dortmund ahead with his third goal in two games.

Then, in the 72nd minute, Peter Stoeger replaced him with Mario Gotze so he could get a standing ovation from Dortmund’s supporters.

Well earned. It’s good to have you back.