Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus 'fired up' for comeback vs. Bayern Munich
Marco Reus is "fired up" for his comeback against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said.
Reus, 27, has been out of action since the German Cup final in May, when he sustained a muscle injury in the adductors region which first ruled him out of the Euro 2016 and then kept him on the sidelines for the first parts of the 2016-2017 season.
The Dortmund winger resumed training in October, and was granted "all the time in the world" to regain full match fitness upon his return by BVB coach Thomas Tuchel. This appears to be the case now, just in time for the crunch match against Bayern Munich on Saturday.
"He's well on the way," Zorc told kicker, adding that the Dortmund-born player is making a good impression in training. "Marco's fired up," he said.
Dortmund have collected an average of 1.96 points per match in Reus' 108 league appearances, and only 1.76 points in those matches played without him since his arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2012.
Zorc said: "It's nothing new that he's very important for us. I am happy that he's back."
With the vast majority of players returning to team training following the difficult last couple of weeks when BVB were without the likes of Reus, Andre Schurrle, Marcel Schmelzer, Raphael Guerreiro and Gonzalo Castro, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is tipped to start the winger as a substitute and introduce him during the later stages of the match.
Dortmund are currently trailing leaders Bayern Munich by six points, and are under a certain pressure not to lose more ground on the Bundesliga champions, with RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin also ahead of them in the standings currently.
Saturday's host have not beaten Bayern in a league match at home since April 2012, but the meeting of the two clubs, which contested the 2013 Champions League final, continues to excite Bundesliga fans around the globe.
"You can't ask for more," BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told kicker. "The two biggest, most important and best German teams by a distance play each other."
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.