Gio Reyna injury: USMNT star forced to leave Dortmund match in tears in 30th minute

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United States men’s national team star Giovanni Reyna made his first start since August for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. It was a big moment for the midfielder, who missed five months earlier this season after sustaining a hamstring injury in USMNT duty. Reyna, however, lasted just 30 minutes against Borussia Monchengladbach before being forced off the pitch with another apparent injury.

Reyna picked up the injury during the lead up to Dortmund’s first goal and left the match in tears in the 30th minute. He was replaced by Julian Brandt in the lineup.

While the team did not disclose details about the injury after the game, Reyna needing to leave the match after working so hard to get back into the lineup was hard to see.

“Gio is really upset, you can see it in the pictures,” Dortmund coach Marco Rose said, per ESPN. “He’s just back from injury and was really in good shape. I was, we were all happy that he was back. It was important for us to have him on the field with the quality he has.”

The United States also are trying to secure their spot in the 2022 World Cup with the final Concacaf qualifying round in March. With the USMNT needing another direct threat to give Christian Pulisic more space to operate, Reyna’s fearlessness on the ball is an asset. With him just returning from a long term absence, Dortmund will be expected to take things slowly with his recovery.

You can catch select Concacaf World Cup qualifiers as well as Dortmund in Europa League action on Thursday on Paramount+.

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