Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose has suggested Giovanni Reyna could return to action after the international break, but has expressed concern about the American’s fitness.
The 19-year-old has played just three times for Dortmund this season after picking up a hamstring injury while on duty with the United States back in September.
It was thought that the teenager could have made a return against Eintracht Frankfurt earlier in January but Reyna sat that game out, as well as the weekend’s 5-1 win over Freiburg.
Rose is hoping the upcoming international break at the end of January – where the USMNT face critical World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador, Canada, and Honduras – can be used to ready Reyna for a return. However, the Dortmund boss did caution that Reyna seems to have “lost something” during his time on the sidelines.
“Gio Reyna is on the right track overall, but of course, he has lost something over time,” Rose said during his latest press conference.
“We have to get him playable and fit to play. Without wanting to promise too much, let’s aim for the break after TSG v BVB to get him fully fit again.”
Earlier this month, Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl was singing the praises of the “outstanding” Reyna, insisting BVB need the youngster back as soon as possible.
“Gio had a good early phase this season, he played outstanding games in the diamond,” Kehl told Dortmund’s official website.
“He moves cleverly between the lines, but also pulls from the outside in, radiates a goal danger and carries a shrewdness in himself. We want him back again.”
Reyna’s return would be a welcome boost for Dortmund, who are in hot pursuit of rivals Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race. The reigning champions are top of the league, but recently saw their lead cut to just six points.
Up next for Dortmund is a trip to St Pauli in the DFB-Pokal before they face Hoffenheim in the final league match before the international break.