Mario Gotze will miss the Champions League final after the Borussia Dortmund star was ruled out of the crunch clash with a thigh injury.
The news comes as a massive blow to Dortmund as they prepare for an all-German battle with Bayern Munich at Wembley.
The youngster was hoping to be fit for the final after picking up the injury at the end of April but will not recover in time for what would have been the biggest match of his career.
Gotze was understandably devastated with the news but believes his teammates will get the job done on May 25.
“Being fit for the final was my only focus and I fought really hard to get there in the last few weeks,” he said.
“I’m unbelievably disappointed not to be able to help the team in such an important game. But I have total confidence in the team and I will be there cheering them on from the sidelines.”
Gotze picked up the knock in the second leg of Dortmund’s semi-final clash with Real Madrid and was hoping to shake it off before his final match with the German club.
The highly coveted 20 year old is set to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season, the same team that Dortmund will be playing in the final.
Bayern made a €37 million ($48 million) bid for Gotze, which triggered the release clause in his contract and he will officially join the Bavarians in the summer.
Another Dortmund star may miss the final as Mats Hummels is in a fitness race ahead of Saturday’s encounter but the defender is certain his ankle will heal in time.
“Nothing is torn so it’s not as bad as first feared,” he said. “I’m confident I’ll be ready for the final.”
However, the news is not so good for Mario Gotze who will miss the Champions League final in London, England.