Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus could be forced to miss the rest of the season through injury, all but confirming he'll take no part in Der Klassiker next week.
The 30-year-old has made 26 appearances across all competitions this season, but Reus hasn't featured for the club since the start of February and he couldn't return against Schalke last weekend due to fitness problems.
The initial injury problems which Reus suffered at the start of the year could now have a knock-on effect for the rest of the season, with Sport Bild suggesting Borussia Dortmund's captain won't return until the 2020/21 season.
It's unclear exactly just how long Reus is expected to miss, but next week's potential title-decider against Bayern Munich will almost certainly come too soon for the Germany international.
Reus has largely been able to avoid any major injuries over the last couple of years, only missing the odd game ever since he returned from a cruciate ligament problem in the 2017/18 season.
Next week's match against Bayern Munich, which will be held at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, would have been Reus' 28th game against Germany's record champions. He's been directly involved in 18 goals against the Bavarians, although he's only ended up on the winning side eight times - two wins also came during his last season at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich were able to get back to winning ways as the Bundesliga made a return following an enforced break, brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.
It was the Black and Yellows who were by far the more convincing of the two sides, picking up a 4-0 win over bitter rivals Schalke - their biggest Revierderby win since 1966.
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, needed Robert Lewandowski's penalty and a Benjamin Pavard header to stumble over the line against Union Berlin.