Reus steps up recovery towards Dortmund comeback

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Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has started running exercises as he steps up his recovery efforts from a serious knee injury he picked up last season.

The 28-year-old sustained a cruciate injury to his knee during May’s DFB Cup final triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt and underwent surgery in early June. Initial estimates then ruled him out until sometime in 2018.

His long journey towards a return to full fitness began soon after with less movement-orientated rehabilitation, yet he recently started running again on the treadmill.

However, as a part of the next stage of his recovery, the Germany international has since taken to running on the field at Dortmund’s training ground at Brackel.

Reus has been plagued by injury problems in recent seasons and missed 16 games in 2016/17 with a variety of knocks. Despite his limited showings, he still managed seven Bundesliga goals as well as four in the UEFA Champions League.

Due to his ongoing injury woes, the attacking midfielder said recently in an interview with GQ magazine that he won’t rush his return in order to come back as physically prepared as possible. He is expected to return in the early part of next year.