Friday June 6th, 2014

The World Cup injury bug has apparently spread to another superstar. 

With Radamel Falcao and Franck Ribery being ruled out for the World Cup within days of each other, Russia captain Roman Shirokov being ruled out after suffering an injury in a Friday friendly and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo battling left leg injuries as group play beckons, Germany's Marco Reus has his World Cup status seemingly very much up in the air following a nasty-looking ankle injury. 

Reus suffered the injury at the end of the first half in Friday's friendly vs. Armenia. Running shoulder to shoulder with Artur Yedigaryan, Reus twisted his left ankle badly before letting out a scream and eventually being helped off the field. Reports from Germany state that he was taken to a hospital for examination. After the injury, Germany went on the offensive, scoring six goals in the second half (including two by Mario Gotze and one by Miroslav Klose, who set Germany's all-time scoring record with his 69th international goal), to roll to a 6-1 victory. The result could have a major cost, though. 

Reus being injured and unavailable would throw a massive wrench into Germany's World Cup aspirations, with the Borussia Dortmund star one of Die Mannschaft's prime attacking threats. His health question is the latest in a series of worries for the Germans. The Bayern Munich trio of Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm entered World Cup camp with lingering injuries -- though they all made the final 23-man roster -- and Sami Khedira played just a handful of games for Real Madrid after a serious knee injury in November. There is no official word yet on the severity of Reus' injury, which happened on the play below:

0:35 | Planet Futbol
2014 World Cup Preview: Group G

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