USMNT and Borussia Dortmund player Gio Reyna has suffered another leg injury, pulling up with an apparent muscle issue in the first minute of the team’s away game at Stuttgart on Friday.
The 19 year-old attacking midfielder was inserted into Dortmund’s starting lineup against Stuttgart, however lasted for less than one minute before coming off with an apparent leg injury.
Reyna had played the final minutes of Dortmund’s home loss against Leipzig last weekend and had significant substitute minutes in all three of the USMNT’s games in the recent window. This prompted Dortmund head coach Marco Rose to deploy him as the team’s primary attacking midfielder on Friday in Stuttgart, directly behind center forward Erling Haaland.
However, after challenging Stuttgart defender Borna Sosa for a ball on the right flank just seconds into the game, he appeared to tweak his hamstring, and immediately left the field, under his own power, still displaying considerable frustration.
Injuries have defined Reyna’s current season at Dortmund. He returned in early-February after a five month absence only to suffer another setback in his second game back. While he did return from that injury in time to play in three game leading into the recent international break, this latest issue threatens to derail him for the rest of the Bundesliga season, which only has five games left after this weekend’s round of games.
For USMNT fans, the important target will be a return in time for the pair of CONCACAF Nations League games happening in mid-June against Grenada and El Salvador, which is expected to include a full-strength squad as the team builds for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.