MAINZ, Germany (AP) — Germany thrashed Armenia 6-1 in the side's last friendly match before the World Cup but influential midfielder Marco Reus' participation in the tournament was left hanging in the balance on Friday.
Reus was helped off the pitch before the break after twisting his left ankle while challenging Artur Yedigaryan for the ball. Reus immediately dropped to the grass and appeared in considerable pain. Team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt shook his head as he assisted the Borussia Dortmund player off the pitch. Reus was taken to the hospital to determine the full extent of the injury.
"He's getting checked out now and we have to wait for the diagnosis," Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "I saw it at halftime and you could see it was swollen. I hope it's nothing to do with the ligaments. We hope, of course, that he's not out (of the World Cup)."
Lukas Podolski, who came on for Reus, put on a man-of-the-match performance by setting up three goals and scoring another.
"When he plays like this he's hard to stop," Loew said.
Podolski whipped in a cross for Andre Schuerrle to beat Armenia 'keeper Roman Berezovsky at the near post in the 52nd.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalized with a penalty in the 69th, when he sent Dortmund teammate Roman Weidenfeller the wrong way. Another Dortmund player, Kevin Grosskreutz, conceded the spot kick a minute after coming on as a substitute.
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