Edin Terzic challenges Marco Reus to prove him wrong after limited playing time in recent weeks

Edin Terzic, Marco Reus
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Edin Terzic has challenged Marco Reus to prove him wrong for limited opportunities in recent weeks and fight his way back into the Borussia Dortmund starting XI.

The last few months have been difficult for Marco Reus, who has been limited to just sporadic appearances off the bench. The former club captain has played from the start in just one of Borussia Dortmund's last six games in the Bundesliga, and has been an unused substitute on three occasions.

Reus was left on the bench once again on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund claimed a 2-1 win over his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach. And Edin Terzic spoke about the 34 year old's situation during his pre-match press conference on Monday. "We had Julian Brandt in the number ten position [against Gladbach]. We then had to bring on other players than planned due to the dynamics of the game. That was tough for Marco [Reus], I know that. It's not easy. We spoke again yesterday and we know that Marco was able to make a good impression in the game against Stuttgart the week before, where he came on as a substitute."

"And we expect exactly the same from every player, that they don't always have to like a coach's decision, they don't always have to accept it. But they have to respect it and then they can show with good performances that I was wrong. That's what Julian (Brandt) did in Madrid with a great performance off the bench in the second-half after not starting."

Despite his frustrations over playing time, Reus still has seven goals and seven assists to his name in 33 appearances across all competitions this season.

Marco Reus is facing an uncertain future, with his current Borussia Dortmund contract set to expire at the end of the season. It has been heavily reported that the Black and Yellows are unlikely to offer the attacking midfielder a new contract. Reus is BVB's second-highest scorer of all time, having scored 168 goals in 420 appearances for the club.