Mario Götze sidelined with metabolic disturbances.

Mario Gotze has scored just two goals in 16 appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season.

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund will continue to be without midfielder Mario Götze for the time being. The 24-year-old World Cup winner will not be playing for an undefined period of time, after it was discovered by doctors that he has ‘metabolic disturbances’.

A club statement said “He [Götze] has continually suffered with muscular problems in the past 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.”

Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director, Michael Zorc emphasized, “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”.

“Mario gets the full backing and maximum support from all of us at Borussia Dortmund on his way back.”, he added.

Mario Götze scored the winning goal against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup

Mario Götze came back to Dortmund on a four-year deal last summer following his unsuccessful spell at Bayern. Gotze, who scored Germany’s extra-time winning goal against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, has played 24 minutes of Bundesliga action in 2017.

“I’m currently undergoing treatment and will do everything in my power to be back in training and help my team achieve our common goals as soon as possible,” Götze said.

If there was a genuine possibility of Liverpool signing Gotze at the end of this season, that looks virtually impossible now.

Dortmund are currently third in the Bundesliga table, 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich with 12 matches remaining.

We wish him a speedy recovery.

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