World Cup - Germany

Germany star ruled out of World Cup through injury on eve of squad selection

Sean Walsh
Hansi Flick has been dealt a blow
Hansi Flick has been dealt a blow / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages

Germany boss Hansi Flick will name his 26-player World Cup squad later on Thursday, but will be without one star man following an injury setback.

Flick's side are among the favourites to go all the way in Qatar and boast one of the finest squads in world football.

However, Sky Germany have revealed the heartbreaking news that Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has not recovered from an injury in time and will miss out on a place in Germany's team.

The forward has famously missed three of Germany's last four international tournaments with injury problems, with an ankle problem ailing him this time around.

Reus picked up the injury earlier this season, but it was reported in recent weeks that he was making great progress and was almost a shoo-in to be fit for the World Cup.

But a recent setback means the 33-year-old will have to watch on once more from home as Die Nationalelf go in search of their fifth world title.

Injuries have limited Reus to just 48 appearances for his country at senior level, with his only tournament experience coming in Germany's unsuccessful Euro 2012 and World Cup 2018 campaigns.

He made 12 appearances in all competitions this season before succumbing to his latest ankle woe.