Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze has been sidelined indefinitely by his club after medical tests revealed that the muscular problems he has been suffering over the last few months have caused ‘metabolic disturbances’.
Götze, who returned to Dortmund last summer after a three-year spell with Bayern Munich, has played just 27 minutes in 2017 and a statement on the club’s website read:
“Borussia Dortmund will continue to be without midfielder Mario Götze for the time being.
“The 24-year-old World Cup winner has continually suffered with muscular problems in the last few months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes.
“Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being.”
Commenting on his condition, Götze said:
“I’m currently undergoing treatment and will do everything in my power to be back in training and helping my team to achieve our common goals as soon as possible.”
Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc also voiced his support for the player and reassured the public that the midfielder has the full support of the club.
“We’re happy to have now uncovered the reasons for Mario’s difficulties and are convinced that his extraordinary abilities will give us additional quality once he has completely recovered from this,” said Zoric.
“Mario has the full backing and maximum support of everyone at BVB during his recovery!”