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Dortmund lose Mario Gotze indefinitely

Press Association logoPress Association 27/02/2017

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has been ruled out of action for the foreseeable future after the cause of his long-term muscle problems was found to be linked to his metabolism.

The 24-year-old Germany international, whose playing time has been restricted to 24 minutes since the start of the year, returned to Dortmund in the summer after spending three years with Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga club said medical tests revealed Gotze's muscle problems had been traced to what they described as "metabolic disturbances".

A statement on Dortmund's website read: "Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund will continue to be without midfielder Mario Gotze 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."

Gotze was adamant he would be back but also put no timeline on his recovery.

"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," Gotze said.

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