Groin injury expected to rule Goetze out until 2016


October 10, 2015
Germany's Mario Goetze (19) celebrates with Thomas Mueller after scoring his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo)

Groin injury

expected to rule Goetze out until 2016


GERMANY forward Mario Goetze could be out until the end of the year with a groin injury he picked up in the loss to Ireland.

The German football federation says the Bayern Munich player is expected to be out for 10 to 12 weeks. The 23-year-old Goetze will be treated initially by the DFB's medical staff in Leipzig, where Germany plays its final European Championship qualifier against Georgia tomorrow.

Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt says "Mario suffered a tendon tear in the adductor muscle while making a lunge."

Germany coach Joachim Loew says "we wish him a good recovery. I'm certain he'll be back to his good form again."

Germany needs a draw against Georgia to make sure of automatic qualification for Euro 2016.

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