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Mario Gotze is back in training with Borussia Dortmund after five months out with rare illness

The BVB man has been out of action with a metabolic disorder, but he will return to training in pre-season

Ah, well this is some news that will no doubt brighten your day.

Germany’s World Cup winner and Borussia Dortmund forward Mario Gotze will return to pre-season training, five months after being diagnosed with a metabolic disorder.

The 25-year-old’s most recent appearance was in a draw for BVB against Mainz in January, and was diagnosed with a mystery illness that kept him out for weeks.

Doctors eventually diagnosed the problem as myopathy, a rare metabolic illness that causes fatigue and weight gain.

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But the German seems to have turned a corner, and posted on social media that his treatment has been successful and he will begin training with the team soon.

Gotze wrote on his Facebook page: “Hello everyone, due to a metabolic disorder, I was unable to play football lately.

“During the last few months I have gone through a successful treatment and I am back on track now.

“Tomorrow I will start with the 3rd stage of my recovery program. This means I will complete the performance test and begin training with the team soon.

“I am more than excited to be back in the stadium and on the training ground again.

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“I would like to give a big thanks to all of my fans. You all have supported me so much during the last few months.

“Your messages and get-well wishes were motivating and greatly appreciated.

“Thank you Aki Watzke and Michael Zorc for your trust in me during this difficult time of recovery.It helped a lot.

“Thanks to my team, my doctors, and my fitness coach, and all the other people who stuck by me.”

Welcome back, Mario!

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