Borussia Dortmund played out their final pre-season game on Monday where they secured a 2-1 win over Sparta Rotterdam in their training ground.
During the second half of the previous campaign, manager Lucien Favre opted to stick with a back-three and it was unsurprising that he reverted to the same formation in the lead up to the new season.
However, the main headline from the encounter was the presence of club-captain Marco Reus, who made his comeback on to the playing field after seven months out with an adductor injury.
The Germany international did not begin the pre-season training alongside his teammates due to his slow recovery process, but he was able to make his appearance in the final friendly.
Reus fared better than expected as he played through 70 minutes of the contest without showing much signs of fatigue and he bagged the opening goal in the 63rd minute.
The 31-year-old cut inside from the left wing after receiving the ball from Julian Brandt and he showed good composure to dribble his way past three defenders before finding the back of the net.
Dortmund start their league campaign with a tricky game against Borussia Monchengladbach at home on September 19, but prior to that, they will be in DFB Pokal Cup action.
They are scheduled to face third-tier club MSV Duisburg in the first round on September 14 and Reus will be aiming to make his first competitive appearance since getting injured in February against Werder Bremen in the same competition.
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