Gio Reyna injured again in Dortmund’s first start in 6 months

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Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna stands on the pitch during the Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach, in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday February 20, 2022. Gio Reyna’s first start for Borussia Dortmund in six months ended in tears as the USA midfielder suffered what looked like a recurrence of the injury that kept him out. Reyna had to leave in the 30th minute of what would be Dortmund’s 6-0 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach, covering her face to hide her disappointment after the latest setback. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

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Gio Reyna’s first start for Borussia Dortmund in six months ended in tears on Sunday as the American midfielder had to leave the pitch in the 30th minute.

Reyna covered her face to hide her disappointment after the latest setback in Dortmund’s 6-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

The 19-year-old suffered a right hamstring injury in a World Cup qualifier for the United States on September 2. His previous start in the Bundesliga dates back to August 27 against Hoffenheim.

“Gio is really upset. You can see it in the photos,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose. “He has just come back from an injury and was really in great shape. I was, we were all happy that he was back. It was important for us to have him on the pitch with the quality he has.”

Rose said the club will do everything in their power to get Reyna back to her best.

“We will get the boy back and give him our full support because we need him because he is an exceptional athlete, a great person,” Rose said.

Reyna came on as a substitute in Dortmund’s 5-2 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen on February 6 but missed last weekend’s win over Union Berlin through illness.

Reyna looked sharp against Gladbach in what was only her fifth league appearance of the season, testing goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a good early effort. He suffered the injury around the time Dortmund captain Marco Reus opened the scoring in the 26th minute.

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