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Zorc: “Reinier is not the first Brazilian to need time to adapt”

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The Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director once again emphasized Reinier’s struggle to adapt the physical demands of the European game.

Borussia Dortmund Training Session Photo by Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund sporting director, Michael Zorc, spoke with BILD regarding a wide range of topics surrounding the German club. One such topic included Reinier Jesus. The Dortmund executive explained why Reinier has featured so little, but was up beat regarding his future.

“He’s not the first Brazilian who needs a bit of time. He really gives a lot of effort in training and is on the right track. We are confident that this will be reflected in his performances as soon as possible,” Zorc said.

Reinier was left out of the squad vs Union Berlin last week after succumbing to a muscle injury in training. Injuries have impacted his start to life in the European game. A muscle injury in the summer with Real Madrid, followed by two more minor muscle injuries at Dortmund this season, and on top of all that, the Brazilian contracted COVID-19 — all impacting his adaptation. Michael Zorc has talked about Reinier in the past, stating he needed time to adapt to the physical demands of European Football.

Reinier Jesus has played a total of 136 minutes this season and has featured just once after his bout with COVID-19 ended at the start of December. The Brazilian agreed to a two-year loan spell last summer and will be hoping to turn the situation around as soon as possible.