Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
MONDAY, 21 APR 2014
12:39 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
21 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Football
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Dortmund’s Goetze out of CL final
Reuters
Goetze had joined his teammates in training this week in a last-ditch attempt to be fit for the game.
Goetze had joined his teammates in training this week in a last-ditch attempt to be fit for the game.
A+ A-

LONDON: Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Mario Goetze will miss Saturday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich due to a thigh muscle injury, the Bundesliga club announced Wednesday.

The versatile 20-year-old German international, who will join Bayern next season, was injured in the second leg of the semifinal against Real Madrid on April 30 and had been battling to get fit for the final at Wembley.

“That final was my goal, I’ve struggled hard to be fit in recent weeks and I am incredibly sorry for not being able to help the team in this important game,” Goetze said on Borussia Dortmund’s website.

“I will of course travel to London to support the guys,” said the talented player, who had joined team training Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to be fit for the game.

His coach Juergen Klopp had earlier in the week sounded upbeat about the midfielder being fit.

Goetze is likely to be replaced by fellow Germany international Kevin Grosskreutz who would move to the left wing with Marco Reus shifting back into the middle. Klopp could also opt to move Ilkay Gundogan behind forward Robert Lewandowski and introduce Nuri Sahin as a holding midfielder.

Goetze stunned his colleagues and fans when it was announced last month, before Borussia and Bayern had even qualified for the Champions League final, that the Dortmund youth academy product was joining bitter rivals Bayern next season for 37 million euros.

That raised the unusual prospect of him playing against his new club in the final, but the injury has ended that possibility while also putting a dent in Dortmund’s preparations for the final.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 23, 2013, on page 15.
Home Football
 
     
 
Germany
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Monday April 21, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS