Borussia Dortmund news

Dortmund hopeful over Gotze injury

May 2, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has torn a muscle and faces a battle to be fit for the Champions League final against his future employers Bayern Munich, the club have confirmed.

Mario Gotze is substituted during Dortmund's game at the Bernabeu
GettyImagesMario Gotze suffered the injury against Real

"Mario Gotze tore a muscle in his thigh in the Champions League return leg at Real Madrid on Tuesday," a Dortmund statement said on Thursday.

"According to [club doctor] Dr Braun, returning to fitness for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich at Wembley is a realistic goal."

Germany international Gotze, 20, signed for Bayern in a €37 million deal in late April and moves to Munich in the summer.

Speaking prior to Dortmund's game in Madrid - which they lost 2-0 to go through 4-3 on aggregate - Germany international Mats Hummels told Sky that news of Gotze's departure had come as a shock.

"Mario is one of the best ten players in the world, maybe even higher than that," he said. "It was a shock. I did not sleep that night."

Hummels explained that he believed the Gotze transfer also illustrated the fact that Dortmund, despite recent success, still face a struggle to hold on to key players.

"You can either contribute your part to get your club there or you can switch to a club that is already there," he said.

"That is what it makes very difficult for all of us, because we will lose a player who knows exactly how we think, who has been part of this club from his youth - but who still prefers another German club. It is hard."