Dortmund waiting on Götze, Hummels
BERLIN - Agence France-Presse
Mario Götze had his first training session with the team on May 21, three weeks after suffering an injury during the semifinal second leg game. REUTERS PhotoBorussia Dortmund’s Germany stars Mario Götze and Mats Hummels both remain doubtful for the May 25 Champions League final against Bayern Munich at Wembley, as they struggle to recover from leg injuries. Gözte, 20, tore his hamstring in Dortmund’s semifinal return leg at Real Madrid on April 30 and after three weeks of rehab training, the attacking midfielder could only train for an hour with the team on May 21 before suffering a reaction.
“Mario felt something in the muscle and had to break off training, we aren’t sure how bad it is,” Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc told sports daily Bild after Gözte’s first team training session since the injury.
Compatriot and center back Hummels, 24, who damaged his ankle in weekend’s shock 2-1 league defeat at home to Hoffenheim, sat out the training completely on May to allow the swelling to subside and is receiving intense treatment.
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If he is fit to play, the Champions League final will be Götze’s final appearance in a Dortmund shirt having actioned a clause in his contract to join German champions Bayern Munich next month.
“If Götze fails to make it, it would be fatal for Dortmund and will probably decide the match,” said Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who coached Borussia Dortmun to its last Champions League victory in 1997 when they defeated Juventus 3-1 in Munich.
“And I don’t expect him to make an appearance,” added Hitzfeld having labelled Gözte “already world-class.”