Borussia Dortmund’s preseason game included the return of Mario Gotze following his metabolic illness.
Dortmund beat Urawa Reds 3-2 which included a cameo from Gotze. He made his first appearance in five months after coming on as a second half substitute.
Gotze replaced Nuri Sahin and received a rapturous reception from the sold out crowd in Saitama, Japan.
As for the game, goals from Andre Schurrle and a brace from Turkish sensation Emre Mor sealed the victory for the
Bundesliga outfit. The result was the first win for the new Dortmund boss Peter Bosz after taking over from Thomas Tuchel.
The 25-year-old took to social media to express his happiness of returning to football. He posted an image of him in action accompanied with the words, “Just happy.”
Happy to play ⚽️ again pic.twitter.com/OiIlRhTYlW
— Mario Götze ⭐️️ (@MarioGoetze) July 15, 2017
Dortmund boss Bosz spoke once the game concluded, and stressed he’ll take it steady with Gotze’s return.
“First of all, I am glad for Mario himself, he has not trained or played for a long time,” Bosz said after the game.
“We have to be careful with him. We are glad that he could play for 30 minutes today. He was also very happy about the game.”
“Now we have to look every day as it goes on, and we hope that he can take further steps quickly and can play 90 minutes’ football as soon as possible,” he added.
Mario Gotze remains “one of Borussia Dortmund’s most important players,” CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke has said after seeing the midfielder make his return from injury.
Watzke said he didn’t doubt Gotze’s ability to get back on the pitch.
“From his mentality and attitude to his great passion, Mario was always ready,” he told Welt am Sonntag. “That was never a concern. However, he suffered a serious illness. We have never talked about it in detail and will not.”