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The Germany international has been on the sidelines with a hip injury, but the BVB trainer has stated that he is returning to fitness and will be back in the team soon

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has stated that key playmaker Mario Gotze is making progress in his comeback from injury.

The Germany international has been on the sidelines with a hip problem, and been conducting rehabilitation in Donaustauf in a bid to return to fitness.

The Signal Iduna Park boss has revealed that his playmaker is backing training with the ball, and is eyeing a return to first-team action soon.

"The plan is that Mario can directly train with the ball and has already started running," the Bundesliga-winning coach told Bild.

"We will see what recommendations he brings back from Donaustauf, and when he can fully return."

In Gotze's absence Dortmund have opened up a five-point gap at the top of the German top flight, with a crunch match against Bayern Munich on April 11 sure to have a big say in the season's title race.

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