Marco Reus: Borussia Dortmund star who came back from the brink

Updated 5:03 AM ET, Tue December 11, 2018
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Marco Reus celebrates after scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park. Lars Baron/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
Despite joining Borussia Dortmund's youth system, Reus was released in 2006 and joined Rot-Weiss Ahlen, in the fourth tier of German football. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
Impressive performances saw the forward move back to the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Reus scored 41 times in 109 appearances. Martin Rose/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
He quickly developed into one of the finest attacking players in Germany and moved back to Dortmund in 2012. He did so in order to play regular Champions League football. Martin Rose/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
It was almost the perfect return. Reus led his side to the final of the Champions League but his side was beaten 2-1 by bitter rivals Bayern Munich. Alex Grimm/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Reus had been an important part of Germany's qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup. However, after sustaining an ankle injury just weeks before the start of the tournament, Reus was forced to pull out of the squad. Germany would go on to become world champions without him. Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
After overcoming major setbacks and another eight-month spell out with injury, Reus has started the new season in electric form. He has scored 12 times in 20 appearances for Borussia Dortmund. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
Marco Reus (center) celebrates with teammates Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho after scoring for Borussia Dortmund during the DFB Cup match against 1. FC Union Berlin at Signal Iduna Park on October 31, 2018. Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images