As one of the most impressive attacking players in the Bundesliga this season, Marco Reus has been among the top key reasons for a Borussia Dortmund title push. However, an injury in the end of the first-half of the eventual 3-3 draw (and penalties exit) against Werder Bremen has kept the talismanic Dortmunder out for the best part of two to three weeks.

In that time, Dortmund have seen their league lead squandered significantly, to the stage where Bayern were briefly level, albeit behind on head-to-head, after a win against Hertha BSC. The Black and Yellows responded, though, with a pulsating 3-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen. Reus, then, finally looks set to make his return to the team after they finally find some verve again, following a run of five games without a win.

Speaking at the pre-game press conference ahead of the Friday night clash with FC Augsburg – who were unlucky to lose 3-2 to FC Bayern two Fridays ago – BVB coach Lucien Favre said of Reus: “He is back training with the team but not the complete session yet. We have to be sensible. He has only trained twice with the team now,

“He will most like be there (on Friday) but we will still have to discuss it with the team doctor,”

That is a massive boost for Dortmund – and especially for their midweek tie against Tottenham Hotspur. Though 3-0 down on aggregate, Spurs have endured a wobble in their recent Premier League games, seeing their own title dreams likely go up in smoke. If Dortmund are to score the four needed to progress, they will most certainly need the form of Marco Reus.

For now, though, his return in a vital round of league games could be essential to keeping the 2018-19 title dream alive for Borussia Dortmund.