BERLIN (AP) — Germany attacking midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the World Cup on Saturday with an ankle injury sustained in a 6-1 friendly win over Armenia.
The German Football Federation said that Reus suffered a partial ligament tear in his left ankle in the match on Friday and will miss six to seven weeks before he can resume training again.
"For him and for us this is extremely regrettable," Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "Marco was in excellent form; he made an outstanding impression in the training camp and in both (friendly) matches against Cameroon and Armenia. He exuded enthusiasm for the game. He played a central role in our planning for Brazil."
Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi was called up as a late replacement.
The 25-year-old Reus was one of the few German players to have impressed consistently coming into the World Cup.
"A dream is ended from one second to the other. But I have to look forward now, approach my recovery professionally, because I have to keep going. I'll come back even stronger than before," Reus was quoted as saying on the website of his club, Borussia Dortmund.
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