Götze ruled out until 2018 for Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze has been ruled out of action until 2018 after suffering an ankle injury during Saturday’s 4-4 draw with Schalke at Signal Iduna Park.

The talented 25-year-old playmaker suffered the injury blow during the second half of last weekend’s incredible draw with Die Königsblauen – a match in which Die Schwarzgelben surrendered a 4-0 lead after half-time.

In the encounter, the Memmingen-born star scored his first goal for the club since December 2016 from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang assist. Previously, Götze had been out of action with a metabolic disorder which had ruled him out for five months earlier in the year.

With the player seemingly returning to the kind of form that saw him score the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, it seems his injury comes as a cruel blow for the attacking midfielder who earlier spent three seasons with FC Bayern München, before returning to BVB in 2016/17.

The Germany international had made 11 starts in all competitions for the Peter Bosz-coached outfit, as well as a further two showings from the bench, yet is unlikely to play again in 2017 after being ruled out for around six weeks.

Meanwhile, Dortmund, who have not won in their last six Bundesliga games, return to action against Bayer Leverkusen on 2 December.