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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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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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