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Marco Reus set to return for Borussia Dortmund after month out - Tuchel

Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus has been passed fit to play on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt, coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Thursday.

Reus, who has featured just 15 times this season due to injury problems, was forced off the field back in March during the team's 6-2 Bundesliga thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.

"Marco Reus will play on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt, which, I think, he doesn't know as of now," Tuchel said at a news conference. "As it stands he will start. Marco trained problem free with the team today."

German officials are investigating after three explosions rocked the Dortmund bus on Tuesday as it drove to their home stadium for the Champions League quarterfinal game against Monaco.

The blasts injured defender Marc Bartra, and officials postponed the game by 24 hours.

Both before and after the 3-2 loss to Monaco, Tuchel criticised the UEFA decision to go ahead so soon, saying: "Minutes after the attacks, the only question was whether the game could go through or not."

Tuchel said the players must find a way to go on again on Saturday for Eintracht's visit in the Bundesliga.

"It comes in waves. Today feels the worst," Tuchel said Thursday. "We have to find a way to deal with it. But we don't know yet how that's supposed to happen."

Apart from Bartra, who would have been suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards anyway, Dortmund are struggling with injuries -- there was one spot free on the bench against Monaco because of a lack of available players.

"The more time we get, the better,'' Tuchel said on Thursday.

BVB seek to improve upon their fourth place to secure automatic Champions League qualification. Fourth only brings a playoff.

Dortmund are unbeaten in a club-record 34 league games at home. They have scored in their last 19 games, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang second behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the scoring chart. 

Lewandowski has 26 goals in 28 games. Aubameyang, who played two games less, has 25. Eintracht, who were previously third, have lost their last four games away and haven't won any of their last nine.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Stefan Buczko covers Borussia Dortmund for ESPN FC. Twitter: @StefanBuczko.


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