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The Daily Bee (July 7th, 2017): Mario Gotze makes his return and Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks kind of chubby

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Return Of The Gotze

Mario Gotze has taken to Instagram to address Dortmund fans before he makes his return to training.

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

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It’s great to see Gotze finally back after his metabolic disorder. Hopefully training today goes well and he can continue to follow a track towards a return to first team football.

And it’s also great to see Mario thank the fans and everyone who has supported him. He’s gone through a rough couple of years, but he seems to be in a really good place mentally before the start of this preseason.

Is Mkhitaryan Fat Now?

There’s really not much going on with Dortmund right now, so let’s check in on one of the club’s former players. Manchester United caused quite a stir on social media yesterday when they posted and deleted the following picture of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their new home kit.

The former Dortmund man’s belly inspired plenty of jokes on Twitter. Some people honestly wondered how a star footballer could let himself fall out of shape like that.

But alas, the controversy eventually proved to be fraudulent. The picture was actually taken last season, and United claim that they deleted it because it’s a misleading angle.

So no, Mkhi isn’t fat now! He takes good care of his body and certainly didn’t let himself go this off-season.

There’s only 29 days until the Supercup! The football can’t come back soon enough.