American Midfielder Gio Reyna on the Verge of Bundesliga Return After Four-Month Hiatus

Borussia Dortmund, the second-place team in the Bundesliga, is one step closer to having their starting midfielder back.

American attacking middie Gio Reyna has been out of action since September 2 when he sustained a hamstring injury in a USMNT game against El Salvador.

Reyna, son of American soccer legend Claudio Reyna, has had an unexpectedly long road to recovery. Reyna’s injury went deeper than just the muscle, affecting his tendons and nerves as well.

The wait now appears to be over for American and Dortmund fans alike.

Reyna’s possible return is coming under less than ideal circumstances. Borussia Dortmund head coach Marco Rose says he’ll be careful with the youngster, who is only coming back now because of pandemic-induced roster shortages.

Reyna will be available to play on Saturday, January 8, against SC Freiburg, who is currently sitting in fourth place on the Bundesliga table.

USMNT fans are hopeful Reyna’s return to the German pitch means he’ll be ready for minutes in World Cup qualifiers later this month. The 18-year old prodigy scored four goals and five assists in his 2020-2021 campaign through Germany’s top division and had already netted three apiece for the 2021-2022 season before suffering his injury.