Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze has been diagnosed with myopathy, according to German news outlets.
Club officials this week confirmed the World Cup winning midfielder will be out ‘indefinitely’ after discovering the root cause of ongoing injury problems.
German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung report the BVB man has been diagnosed with the rare muscle disorder which could be damaging for the youngster’s fledgling career.
Myopathy causes weakness and rapid fatigue in the muscles, and for an athlete can also delay the recovery period needed after sport or strenuous activity.
Worryingly, acquiring myopathy later in life is often caused by an underlying reason, such as thyroid disease or a problem developing in the adrenal glands.
This week, Dortmund announced the player’s career was to be put on hold after it was revealed he was suffering from a ‘metabolic disorder’.
Doctors are likely to run tests to discover how the German international developed these symptoms.
A cure is very possible, but that depends on the diagnosis.
Gotze said this week: “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.”
This is clearly a huge blow for the 24-year-old, who’s considered one of Germany’s brightest young talents.
Gotze burst onto the scene during BVB’s title-winning 2010-11 season, and became an important member of Jurgen Klopp’s side – despite only being 18 years old at the time.
The attacking midfield controversially joined Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in 2013, but returned to the Westfalenstadion last year.
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The crowning achievement of his career so far has undoubtedly been coming on as a late substitute during the 2014 World Cup final and scoring the winning goal.
Football fans everywhere will be hoping there’s more moments like this to come for the exciting midfielder.
Get well soon, Mario! // Gute besserung, Mario!