Gotze sidelined with unspecified metabolism problem

Borussia Dortmund have taken the decision to withdraw Mario Gotze from the first team due to what they have termed “metabolic disturbances”.

Injuries have limited the Germany international to just nine starts in the Bundesliga since rejoining BVB from Bayern Munich during the off-season.

Gotze has seen only 24 minutes of league action in the new year, which prompted Dortmund to look deeper into the root of his problems.

“He [Gotze] has continually suffered with muscular problems in the past few months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes,” the club said in a statement.

“Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being.”

The 24-year-old added: “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.”