USMNT attacker Gio Reyna has been ruled out for the season by Borussia Dortmund after he suffered an injury two minutes into their Bundesliga tie against Stuttgart on Friday. The club announced this on Sunday morning. The attacker injured his hamstring after just 77 seconds as his side notched a 2-0 win. He was replaced by Julian Brandt who scored the two goals of the game. Reyna has missed 29 games for Dortmund this season.
This is the latest in a frustrating season riddled with injuries for the BVB talent. Reyna missed five months earlier this season due to a hamstring injury in the U.S.’s first World Cup qualifying match on September 2 against El Salvador. He returned to action for Dortmund on February 6, only to be forced off after half an hour on his first start on February 20. It looked like he suffered a setback as he exited the field in tears, but the injury wasn’t as bad as feared. He even joined the U.S. team for its final World Cup qualifying matches. This injury will break his heart again. This was meant to be his breakout season, but injuries have not allowed him to be. Due to injuries, the midfielder has only made nine league appearances this season.
“Borussia Dortmund suffered three new injuries in last Friday’s 2-0 win in Stuttgart,” Dortmund revealed in a statement. “Midfielder Gio Reyna, who had to be substituted early in the game, suffered a muscle and tendon injury. The season is over for the American. Central defender Mats Hummels, who was unable to continue the game after half-time, will be out for several weeks due to a muscle injury in his thigh. Midfielder Mo Dahoud’s shoulder injury will require further investigation in the coming days.”
“Hard to put into words the way I feel right now,” Reyna wrote on Instagram Saturday. “Thank you for all the support! I’ll be back and better than ever!”
The time frame for his return is unknown, but he should be ready for next season. A fresh start may do him some physical and mental good. Hopefully, he can pick up some form before the Qatar 2022 World Cup begins in November.