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Gotze in Wembley fitness race

Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze faces a race against time to be fit for the Champions League final after limping off during Tuesday's semi-final.

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Mario Gotze: Forced off after 145 minutes at the Bernabeu

Mario Gotze: Forced off after 145 minutes at the Bernabeu

The 20-year-old lasted just 14 minutes against Real Madrid before being forced off with an apparent hamstring tear.

And Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the midfielder will be facing a fight to be fit for the May 25 Wembley final.

"It's going to be race against time for the things to come," he said.

Dortmund held on to book their place in the final despite a 2-0 defeat in the second leg of their semi-final, progressing 4-3 on aggregate.

Gotze, who will join Bayern Munich this summer, has emerged as one of the most coveted players in European football since coming through the ranks at Dortmund, and his absence would be a real blow to Klopp's side as they look to clinch their second Champions League title.

Meanwhile chairman of the Bundesliga outfit, Hans-Joachim Watzke, admitted he could not bear to watch the remaining minutes at the Bernabeu.

"It seems like we only can do it with drama," he said.

"For the first time in my life I had to give up due to heart problems. I went to the toilet for the last minutes, locked myself in, covered my ears and looked at my watch. I had all kinds of thoughts going through my head."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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