Mario Gotze has posted his first picture on Instagram since he was diagnosed with the rare muscle disorder myopathy.
The Borussia Dortmund star posted a picture of himself jogging, showing he’s perhaps ready to return to training for the first time since late February.
The German midfielder has reportedly been gradually ramping up his workouts, and looks to be in better shape that he was during last season, where he managed just 16 appearances across all competitions before his season was cut-short.
The 25-year-old’s career was said to be in serious danger, with club officials initially unsure how long he would be out of action for.
Myopathy causes weakness and rapid fatigue in the muscles, which for an athlete like Gotze can 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.
But reports in Germany say Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, could return to training when Dortmund begin their pre-season preparations under new manager Peter Bosz on July 7.
This is the good news we’ve been waiting for.
We’re all rooting for you, Mario!