There aren’t too many players under the age of 25 in world football who can hold a light to Mario Gotze’s trophy collection.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has already won four league titles, three domestic cups, a UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and the World Cup, in which he scored the winning goal.
But now his career has been put on hold with what Dortmund are describing as a ‘metabolic disorder’.
Dortmund’s official website explained: “Investigations have now revealed metabolic disorders of the player, which make it absolutely necessary to take Mario Gotze from the training group.
“We are glad to know the reasons for Mario’s complaints and we are convinced that he will give us additional quality after his recovery with his exceptional abilities.”
Gotze added: “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.”
- Borussia Dortmund continue their quest to build the best Under-23 team in Europe
- Borussia Dortmund are lining up a fascinating replacement for Thomas Tuchel
- Have Borussia Dortmund built the best Under-23 side on the planet?
The 24-year-old has been very much on the periphery this season since returning from Bayern Munich last July.
He’s played 20 times for club and country in all competitions but hasn’t started a game since the 1-1 draw with Augsburg on 20 December.
The form of teenagers Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic means Gotze has been restricted to just nine starts in the Bundesliga.
The timing couldn’t be worse for Dortmund, who are still competing in the Champions League and racing to catch RB Leipzig, who sit second in the Bundesliga, as well as Bayern.
But the health of Gotze, once considered the most promising youngster in world football, takes priority over Dortmund’s sporting commitments.
Gute Besserung Mario.
WATCH: Gotze tearing it up in Bayern Munich training