After a nearly three-month absence for injury, American international Giovanni Reyna has finally returned to training for Dortmund, opening the possibility he might see action again before the winter break.

The 19 year-old attacking midfielder was pictured in Dortmund’s practice session today, marking his return to full team training for the first time since he reportedly injured a thigh muscle in the USMNT’s September window for World Cup qualifying.

In a short video posted on the team’s Twitter account, his teammates are shown applauding his return on the field, with other German media sources showing the nine-times capped USA international going through training routines.

While there is no indication from the team as to when he will return to the field in competitive play, his return comes at a critical juncture for the team as they find themselves within shooting distance of league leaders FC Bayern, as the Bundesliga season nears the winter break.

It is doubtful Reyna will start for Dortmund when they face the Bavarians on Saturday in a game which could put them on top, however a return to the bench as a substitute option could be a welcome addition to the team.

More likely, Reyna could be integrated back into competitive action the following Tuesday when they host Turkish side Besiktas in a dead-rubber Champions League game, in which any result will not impact their destiny to compete in the Europa League knockout round.

By David Smith

I'm YA's resident doctor, but not the kind of doctor you would want giving you an examination anywhere outside of a lecture hall. I've been YA's feet-on-the-ground in Germany since 2008, have an affinity for overly verbose descriptions of irrelevant minutiae, keep an eye on YAs in most of the destinations on mainland Europe, and watch a whole lot of Serie A.

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