Reus makes himself unavailable for Germany at Euro 2020 – fr

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Reus makes himself unavailable for Germany at Euro 2020 – fr


Berlin (AFP)

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has made himself unavailable for the Euro 2020 final with the German squad which will be announced on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old says he needs the summer to recover after a grueling season and will be out of the European Championship from June 11 to July 11.

After Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen retired with injury on Monday, Reus is the second top German to retire before Joachim Loew names his German side.

“After a complicated, exhausting and ultimately successful season – thank God – I decided with the national coach (Loew) not to go to the European Championship,” Reus wrote on his Instagram account on Tuesday evening.

The attacking midfielder has been in stellar form in recent weeks as Dortmund have won their last six Bundesliga games, to advance to the Champions League and the German Cup final.

Injuries caused Reus to miss both the 2014 World Cup final, won by Germany, and the Euro 2016 campaign.

He has scored 13 goals for Germany in 44 games since his October 2011 debut in an injury-ravaged career.

Reus last played for Germany in October 2019 and said the decision to make himself unavailable was “very difficult. I am always very proud when I play for my country.

“But after a very intense year for me personally and having achieved my goals at BVB (Dortmund), I made the decision to give my body time to recover,” he added.

With Reus absent, Germany still have plenty of options up front with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz, as well as the Bayern Munich trio of Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Mueller all in good shape.

Loew is expected to name both Mueller and defender Mats Hummels on Wednesday, ending the exile of the couple who he told in 2019 that they were no longer part of his plans.

Loew, 61, will step down after 15 years as head coach after the European Championship, where Germany will face the world champions France, Portugal and Hungary in their squad.

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