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Goetze coy over injury return

Bayern Munich new-boy Mario Goetze has refused to give a precise date for his return from a hamstring tear.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury during Borussia Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid and consequently missed the defeat to his new club in the final at Wembley.

The Germany international is remaining coy over when he might make a comeback, however.

“There are no precise deadlines or timings. We’re taking each day as it comes, and deciding what I can do on that basis,” he told the club’s official website.

“At the moment I’m working out on the ergometer. I’ll soon have a check-up and MRI scan, and that’ll tell us more. But I’m confident I’ll be able to start running in 14 days or so, and I should be fit for the squad programme in three to four weeks.”

Goetze went on to express excitement at the prospect of lining up for Bayern, despite his affection for former club Dortmund.

When asked if he found leaving the Westfalenstadion difficult, he replied: “Of course it was. It’s where I grew up and I spent almost my entire youth career with BVB. I’ve had to leave behind many friends and my family.

“But I’m really looking forward to the new challenge now. It’s what I wanted – out of conviction. I aim to take the next step in my career with FC Bayern. That’s why I’m here, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Tue 2 Jul, 2013
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