Germany attacking midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the World Cup on Saturday with an ankle injury sustained in a 6-1 friendly win over Armenia.

 

Reus suffered a partial ligament tear in his left ankle ruling him out for six to seven weeks. Germany coach Joachim Löw has named Shkodran Mustafi as his replacement.

“Both for him and for us it is extremely bitter,” coach Joachim Loew told reporters. “Marco was in top form and both in the training camp and in the friendlies against Cameroon and Armenia left an outstanding impression. He had played a central role in our planning for Brazil.“

“It was not about replacing Marco Reus in the same position,” Loew added. “We have a lot of quality in that position and a lot of options with Lukas Podolski, Andr Schrrle, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos. That is why we decided for an option in defence and Shkodran had been convincing in our training camp, he is fit and we have full confidence in him.”

Marco Reus had a brilliant Bundesliga campaign for Borussia Dortmund, scoring 16 goals and assisting on 13 others. He also started six matches in qualifying for Germany, scoring five goals. 

“I really don’t know how I am meant to find the words to express how I am currently feeling,”Reus wrote on the Borussia Dortmund website. “A dream has ended from one second to the next. But I have got to look forwards and be very professional about my rehabilitation because life must go on. I will come back, even stronger than I was. My best wishes now go to the whole team and that they reach our goals without me.”

Germany is in Group G, joined by Portugal, the United States and Ghana.