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Gundogan shines for Dortmund after long lay off

10 October 2014, 20:38

Berlin - Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan celebrated his comeback with a goal on Friday after a 14 months (422 days) lay off with a back injury.

The 23-year-old last played in August 2013, turning out for Germany's 3-3 friendly draw with Paraguay, before suffering an inflamed nerve in the back which needed an operation in June.

But on Friday the midfielder played 45 minutes of a friendly for Dortmund's reserves against VfL Bochum and scored his team's second goal in a 2-0 win.

Also read: Injuries mount, but Germans target win in Poland

Germany attacking midfielder Marco Reus also featured in the friendly as he returns from an ankle injury.

"They both looked good on the pitch, especially when you consider that Ilkay was out for so long," said Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc.

"He was already very comfortable on the ball, but we shouldn't overestimate it as he only played a half."

Both Gundogan and Reus could now be included in the Dortmund squad for their next Bundesliga match against Cologne on October 18 as they look to get back to winning ways.

Having won the Bundesliga title in both 2011 and 2012, Dortmund have had a poor start to the current campaign and are 13th in the table having failed to win any of their last four league games.

But they are top of Group D in the Champions League ahead of Arsenal having beaten the Gunners 2-0 in Dortmund and Anderlecht 3-0 away.



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