Luckless Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus is set for yet another spell on the sidelines with injury.
The attacker has been ruled out until April having torn muscle fibres in his thigh during BVB’s 6-2 hammering of Bayer Leverkusen.
Particularly after stringing together weeks free of harm, Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel described Reus’ injury as a “real blow”.
“It’s a real blow, because over the last few weeks and in particular in the opening stages today, which I felt were somewhat sluggish, Marco was the one who consistently got us going, who took the responsibility, who was alert,” he said.
“He has been incredibly stable for weeks now, he’s been playing at a high level and is a very important character.
“It’s an enormous loss that takes the shine off the win.”
Reus also missed Germany’s unsuccessful Euro 2016 campaign with injury.
Borussia Dortmund face an important clash away against Europe-chasing Hertha Berlin at the weekend.
The Yellow and Blacks sit third in the Bundesliga but are a steep 13 points behind fierce rivals and ladder leaders Bayern Munich.
They are just six adrift of RB Leipzig, who occupy second place.