Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has acknowledged his frustration at being forced to withdraw from the Germany squad but says BVB's style of play has nothing to do with the club's injury issues.
The 24-year old suffered a tear to his medial collateral ligament in his left ankle during Dortmund's first league defeat of the season at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach, and had to watch from the stands as his international teammates secured their place at next summer's World Cup with wins over the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.
Dortmund's injury issues do not end with Reus, though, as first-team regulars Marcel Schmelzer, Ilkay Gundogan, Nuri Sahin, Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender, as well as Jonas Hofmann, remain sidelined. But Reus is adamant that BVB's aggressive style of play is not the cause of its misfortune.
"This way of playing has made us successful," Reus told Ruhr Nachrichten. "We love it, and in the past it was not the problem. Injuries are a part of sport, it's bad luck, but it happens sometimes."
Dortmund has struggled in its attempts to break down stubborn defenses this season, resulting in the recent defeat to Monchengladbach, but Reus insists his club deserved more.
"In Gladbach, we didn't do much wrong," he said. "Our counter-pressing was outstanding, but we couldn't score the goals."
Dortmund resumes its Bundesliga campaign against Hannover this weekend at Signal Iduna Park, but Reus is unlikely to feature.