Even now, 18 months on from the last game in Rio, he’s still battling abductor and toe complaints. But through the disappointment of what could have been, Reus’ cheeky smile and relaxed manner show he has no time for bitterness. Instead, his love for the game is the source of his success and devotion to his club, Borussia Dortmund.
Haunted by injury, Marco Reus could easily be soured by his misfortunes. Since missing out on Germany’s victorious summer in Brazil with an ankle tear, Reus has found himself sidelined more often than not.