German international and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has been ruled out for the rest of the season as the 24-year-old recovers from a ‘metabolic disorder.’

Goats, who rejoined Dortmund in the summer from Bayern Munich, has been limited to nine Bundesliga starts because of a muscular problem throughout the season.

However, the German international, who scored the winner for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, is currently on a rehabilitation programme and could be training by early summer, but it all depends on how the 24-year-old responds to treatment, the Bundesliga club has confirmed.

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The midfielder made 83 appearances for Dortmund before making the move to Bayern Munich in 2013, scoring 22 goals. However, he struggled for first-team football at Bayern Munich and rejoined Dortmund for a fee of £18m.

In a statement about Mario Gotze, the German side said, “The long-term plan for the player is to be fully fit and ready to play at the start of next-season.”