Borussia Dormtund midfielder Mario Goetze has been ruled out of football because of ‘metabolic disturbances’ in his body, the German club reported.
Goetze has been on Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s radar for a while but his current health problem is likely to put further talks on hold for now. His current diagnosis was prompted by persistent muscular problems which have limited his playing time to just 24 minutes in 2017.
“He has continually suffered with muscular problems in the past few months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes.” the club stated.
“Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being.”
Metabolic disorders are genetic conditions which cause enzyme deficiency. There are hundreds of different types of metabolic disorders and their symptoms, treatment and prognosis vary widely. Goetze however feels confident that he will return soon.
“I’m currently undergoing treatment and will do everything in my power to be back in training and helping my team to achieve our common goals as soon as possible.” he said.
The 24-year-old scored the extra-time winning goal against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final. He transferred back to Borussia Dortmund after spending three fruitful years at Bayern Munich and has been since linked with reuniting with his ex-manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.