Borussia Dortmund have ruled attacking midfielder Mario Götze out for the remainder of the season.
Götze had been sidelined indefinitely as he tries to sort out a metabolic disorder and hasn’t trained since being diagnosed last month. Now BVB have confirmed that he will not play another match this season.
The plan for Götze now is to return to training in early summer. That will give him the opportunity to play again at the start of next season, assuming he does not suffer any setbacks.
Götze suffered several muscle injuries after rejoining Dortmund from FC Bayern München in the summer. The metabolic disorder could explain the problems and now he and BVB are working to solve them.
“The goal for the player is to be fully prepared to play again at the start of the new season,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
In his absence, Borussia Dortmund have put Christian Pulisic in the starting lineup and the 18-year-old American has rewarded manager Thomas Tuchel’s faith with a string of tremendous showings.
BVB also have Andre Schurrle and Shinji Kagawa as options so they are not short on players to slot into the attacking band. That will make things even harder on Götze when he does return, but right now it’s simply good news that his health is improving and there is a path to get back. It just won’t be this season.