In March earlier this year, the 25-year-old was ruled out for an indefinite period after being diagnosed with a metabolic disturbance, so the sight of the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner in full training gear was all the more welcome.
Götze, who confirmed his engagement to his long-term girlfriend over the summer, addressed his fans on Thursday in an emotional post on Instagram:
Music to the ears of @bvb09 fans! What a legend @gotzemario is! Great to have you back #Repost @gotzemario ・・・ Hello everyone, due to a metabolic disorder, I was unable to play football lately. During the last few months I have gone through a successful treatment and I am back on track now. Tomorrow I will start with the 3rd stage of my recovery program. This means I will complete the performance test and begin training with the team soon. I am more than excited to be back in the stadium and on the training ground again. A few important things for you to know: First, I am very proud of my BVB teammates and I am so happy they took home the DFB Cup. The pictures of all of you, the fans, celebrating in the city reminded me of my first victories with the club. Second, I would like to congratulate my teammates of the German national team for winning the Confed Cup as well as the German U21 for their victory at the European Championships. I am extremely proud to be a member of the team and of the DFB. I would also like to wish my younger brother success on the U19 national team. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!! Last but not least, I would like to give a big thanks to all of my fans. You all have supported me so much during the last few months. Your messages and get-well wishes were motivating and greatly appreciated. Thank you Aki Watzke and Michael Zorc for your trust in me during this difficult time of recovery.It helped a lot. Thanks to my team, my doctors, and my fitness coach, and all the other people who stuck by me. For all of the patience, support, and positive energy, thank you to my family and my fiancée @annkathrin_vida I have much to be thankful for. See you on the pitch! Best wishes, Mario
The attacker spent time in the USA in recent weeks undergoing further treatment and enjoying a holiday, but is now ready to return to Bundesliga action.
New faces for BVB
🏃 Trainingsstart - Endlich seid ihr wieder da, Jungs! pic.twitter.com/4axCQsDS6q— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) 7 July 2017
Fellow newcomers Mahmoud Dahoud and Maxmillian Philipp are still on holiday after winning the U-21 European Championship with Germany, while Mikel Merino is likewise enjoying a break after his involvement with Spain’s U-21 team.
As well as the new faces, familiar stars were back and taking part, such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic. Returning from his loan at Cologne, Neven Subotic was also involved.
Dortmund will play their first friendly match of the summer against Rot-Weiss Essen on July 11, before travelling to Japan and China as part of the Bundesliga World Tour, playing Urawa Reds on July 15.
Watch: Götze's sensational goal for Dortmund on Matchday 1 in 2011