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.
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.
“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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