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Teenage USMNT star Reyna injured in Dortmund warm up


DORTMUND, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Giovanni Reyna of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Signal Iduna Park on December 7, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

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USMNT teenager Giovanni Reyna was set for his first Bundesliga start for Borussia Dortmund but the 17-year-old suffered an injury in the warm up.

This is not the way Reyna would have wanted his big moment to go, as the 2019-20 Bundesliga season was the first of Europe’s top five leagues to restart amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Reyna was all set to play in a huge Riveriderby against Dortmund’s bitter rivals Schalke but he was replaced by Thorgan Hazard, as the teams played in an empty Westfalenstadion which was eerily quiet.

The young American was in the lineup as both Hazard and Jadon Sancho had been struggling with small injuries and there was huge anticipation

“Gio Reyna will be replaced by Thorgan Hazard in the Starting XI as a result of an injury sustained during warm up. Get well soon, Gio.”

It has been a wonderful first few months 2020 for Reyna, as the teenager scored a stunning goal and burst onto the scene at Dortmund.

Reyna has the potential to emulate Christian Pulisic’s success for the Black and Yellow and has impressed whenever he’s been given minutes by head coach Lucien Favre, as Reyna has struck up a good partnership with Erling Haaland in attack.

USMNT fans were also looking forward to seeing Reyna square off against fellow American Weston McKennie in the big game of the weekend in the Bundesliga.

Instead USMNT and Dortmund fans will now be eager to see Reyna back on the pitch as soon as possible as the title-chasing German giants aim to hunt Bayern Munich down.

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