Returning Gotze exhausted but feeling great

Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze admits he was physically fatigued after making a long-awaited comeback against Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds.

The 25-year-old, who last featured for BVB in February when he was sidelined with a ‘metabolic disturbance’, came on as a 62nd-minute replacement for Nuri Sahin during Saturday’s 3-2 pre-season friendly win over the Reds.

Gotze has expressed his relief at finally returning to action, although he admitted to being tired after such a long period with football.

“It was a great feeling but exhausting especially after five months out, but nevertheless I’m very optimistic,” the Germany international told reporters.