Gotze set to miss start of 2013-14 season

The 20-year-old is expected to sit out his first games at Bayern Munich as he continues to suffer from a thigh problem he picked up in the Champions League against Real Madrid
Mario Gotze is in danger of missing the start of next season ahead of his move to Bayern Munich due to a long-standing thigh problem.

The youngster, who signed for the Bavarian giants from Borussia Dortmund for a fee in the region of €37 million, had picked up a thigh problem during BVB's second-leg Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

He was initially hopeful of making the final of the competition but later suffered a relapse of the injury and it now seems he has picked up a rupture of the muscle.

And it looks like he will not recover in time to join his new club in their season preparations for the 2013-14 campaign under new coach Pep Guardiola.

During his time at the Signal Iduna Park, Gotze emerged into one of Jurgen Klopp's key players, helping die Schwarzgelben to their 2010-11 and 2011-12 Bundesliga titles as well as the 2012 DFB-Pokal.

He scored 16 goals and set up 15 more during the course of the 2012-13 campaign as BVB finished as runners-up in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, both to Bayern.