Tuesday 23 May 2017

Mario Götze removed from all football related activities with immediate effect because of medical disorder

Mario Gotze of Germany (L) celebrates
Mario Gotze of Germany (L) celebrates

Jack O'Toole

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze has been stood down 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 had limited opportunities in Thomas Tuchel’s side this season with the German World Cup winner making only nine appearances so far in his second stint with the club.

The 24-year-old has played just 24 minutes in 2017 and has now been removed from all football related activities with immediate effect.

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!”

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