Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus may miss his side’s Champions League second round clash against Tottenham Hotspur, according to the BeSoccer website.
The 29-year-old has not fully recovered from a thigh injury and is a doubt for Wednesday’s first leg at Wembley.
Reus was absent as Dortmund drew 3-3 with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga at the weekend having picked up the injury during his side’s Cup defeat to Werder Bremen.
Lukasz Pisczek has been leading the side in his absence and could take the captain’s armband again in London.
“I think we well decide in the short term, but I do not expect a miraculous recovery before Wednesday,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc told Ruhr Nachrichten.
The news could offer Tottenham a small boost although they also go into the match with doubts over Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Reus, however, is a seasoned European campaigner and was part of the Dortmund team that finished as runners-up in 2013.
He also missed a Bundesliga match against RB Leipzig with ligament problems in January and was unavailable for the Champions League group game against Monaco.
However, Dortmund lost neither of those matches and manager Lucien Favre has plenty of options available.
On all three occasions, Maximilian Philipp deputised for the injured Reus and he can be expected to line up against Spurs if the Germany international does not make it.
Favre could also drop Mario Gotze into Reus’ role and play Paco Alcacer as the lone forward.
Other contenders to replace Reus, who has scored 17 goals in 27 games in all competitions this season, include Jacob Bruun Larsen and Christian Pulisic.