The footballing career of Mario Gotze is in danger of coming to an end with reports that he has been diagnosed with myopathy.
Borrusia Dortmund had released a statement on Monday which indefinitely ruled the midfielder out of action, attributing it at the time to a ‘metabolic disorder’.
According to Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper though, the 24-year-old is suffering from a rare muscular disorder.
Myopathy leads to an increase in fatigue and weakness of the muscles, in turn requiring more recovery time to be taken in between strenuous activities.
A potential cure will depend on the severity of the diagnosis, but in typical fashion Gotze only seemed focused on returning to the pitch for Dortmund.
“I am in the process of getting treatment and will do everything I can to get back into training as quickly as possible and to help my team achieve our common goals,” he said to the BVB website.
The World Cup winner had recorded just nine Bundesliga appearances for the season so far, after returning to the Westfalenstadion following his three-year stint with Bayern Munich.
“Borussia Dortmund will continue to be without midfielder Mario Götze 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,” read the club’s statement.
“Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being.”