Gio Reyna has avoided any serious injury, Dortmund confirmed today, after his leg injury suffered over the weekend in their win over Borussia Mönchengladbach sparked fears of another long absence.

Two weeks after returning to competitive action, the 19 year-old American attacker finally returned to Dortmund’s starting lineup on Sunday for their “Battle of the Borussias” against the Foals. However, he lasted only 30 minutes in their 6-0 win before limping off the field in tears in what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury.

Head coach Marco Rose did nothing to quell fears of a major problem in his post game comments, originally stating, “You have to assume that something has broken open again in the previous place. A fit Gio would have been important for us. He’s just coming off a long-term injury. Of course that’s very bitter.”

However, the team confirmed through their website today that Reyna has avoided the worst, with Sunday’s injury being relatively minor.

“The fear of a serious thigh injury by offensive player Gio Reyna, thank God, did not materialize after detailed diagnostics,” the team stated with obvious relief on their website, and a similar confirmation on their Twitter account.

“The team doctors assume that the American will be able to complete part of the team training again within 14 days.”

The stated timeline would mean he returns to training around March 7, which would still leave the possibility of two games before the late-March international window for the final trio of World Cup qualifiers.

However, with this latest setback, albeit a relatively minor one, coming so soon after his initial return from a lengthy absence, it is likely that the team will be cautious in his return, and will not push him back into game action quickly.

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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