Gotze: It will take time to get back to 100 percent fitness

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Borussia Dortmund and German national team star Mario Gotze has admitted that it will take time for him to get back to 100% after his return to football.

Götze was ruled out for the remainder of the 2016-17 season in late February due to myopathy. For an athlete, myopathy could prove to be extremely problematic as it causes increased weakness and fatigue in the muscles, which means Götze will struggle to recover physically after each performance.

Götze’s underwhelming performance in 2016/17 may be an outfall of this rare “metabolic disorder”. In the 2016/17 campaign, he made just 16 appearances and had an underwhelming tally of two goals and two assists.

Now, the player has explained that the metabolic disturbances are ‘a part of life’ and that he is just glad to be back.

“The metabolic disturbances are now part of my life. I am happy to be back and to be able to do what I love,” he explained.

“I can’t come back after five months of rehab only to be at 100 percent out of the blue. It will definitely take time.”

New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz has also said he will manage Mario Gotze’s return to action carefully as he fears the Germany midfielder could be at risk of a setback after five months on the sidelines.

Götze was included in Dortmund’s pre-season squad and the 25-year-old received his first game time since diagnosis, and Bosz has been pleased with what he has seen of Gotze so far. With Dortmund all set to square up against Bayern in the final of DFL Super Cup this coming Sunday, Götze would be looked forward to garner a spot in the team.