Gio Reyna, 19, has been out for several months, missing vital matches for club and country.
The United States men’s national team and Borussia Dortmund winger haven’t played since September as he battled a right hamstring injury.
It is likely that he will continue to run out of time as he completes his recovery and returns to full fitness. The question now is when Reyna will be available for the United States and Dortmund.
Why doesn’t Reyna play at Borussia Dortmund?
Reyna has been out of action since September 2, when he suffered a hamstring injury during the USMNT World Cup qualifier against El Salvador. He played the full 90 minutes of the match, but was ruled out of subsequent USMNT matches in that international window a few days later.
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He hasn’t played for either Dortmund or the United since, having missed seven World Cup qualifiers for the latter. Moreover, he has missed a large majority of Dortmund’s season, having played in just three of the club’s first 18 Bundesliga appearances.
The injury has been frustrating for the young winger as it was not originally expected to hold him off for so long. Indeed, reports end of october indicated that he was already expected to be back by then, but that setback had abandoned this initial schedule. At that time, his club publicly expressed a hope for him to return before the new year, but that didn’t materialize either.
When will Reyna be back for Borussia Dortmund?
It has not been confirmed how long Reyna could be back for Dortmund, but it is possible that he will return after February 2, when USMNT take on Honduras.
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Dortmund will face Bayer Leverkusen on February 6 and then Union Berlin on February 13, so Reyna could potentially make an appearance in either of those games. Even if he were to return to training at that time, a ramp-up to match fitness could extend his free time.
🎙 Marco Rose:
“Manuel Akanji is an option, he has recovered well from the operation. We have to see how he reacts to the stress, but he looks good. Reyna will not play a role this week and Guerreiro has not still trained.
– Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 13, 2022
Reyna has had several false starts since her injury, which turned out to be worse than originally feared. The American dressed for Dortmund’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt on January 8 but didn’t come into the game.
Then, looking ahead to Dortmund’s next game against Freiburg six days later, coach Marco Rose said that, although Reyna is “on the right track”, he is still not quite ready to make his move. back in line for now.
What matches could Reyna miss?
After Friday’s clash with Freiburg, Dortmund still have two matches before the international break – a DFB-Pokal game against second-tier side St. Pauli on January 18, plus a Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim on January 22.
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Reyna is not expected to be part of the squad that USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter will name for the next three World Cup qualifiers, which will take place on February 27, 30 and 2 respectively. against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras.
Once the players return to Germany for the resumption of the club season, the aforementioned games against Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin until the beginning of February will be the next fixtures. There’s a big Europa League knockout tie against Rangers on February 17 before a critical Bundesliga game against struggling Gladbach on February 20. If her injury prevents her for longer than that, the season is well and truly lost for Reyna.