Mario Gotze bemoans injury problems

Germany's Mario Gotze in action Kazakhstan on March 26, 2013
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Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze shares his frustration with an injury-hit start to life with the German champions.

Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze has admitted that he has struggled not to become frustrated by his start to life in Bavaria, which has been blighted by injury problems.

Gotze arrived from Borussia Dortmund during the close season with a capsular tear, which ruled him out of last season's Champions League final between the two German giants.

The 21-year-old has been restricted to just three appearances for Bayern so far this season, with an ankle injury sustained in the Super Cup against Chelsea keeping him sidelined for three weeks.

After recovering to make the bench for last weekend's win over Wolfsburg, the playmaker has conceded that he is itching to play for the first time since August.

He told Bild: "It has not been easy to remain patient. I obviously want to play games.

"Every player wants to play games. I want to be on the pitch for each second of every game.

"But I have been injured for four weeks. Let's not forget that."

Gotze has been included in Pep Guardiola's squad for tomorrow night's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad.

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2Bayern Munich11003123
3Hertha Berlin11002023
4Schalke 04Schalke11002023
5Hannover11001013
6Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach11001013
7Hamburger SV11001013
8Hoffenheim11001013
9Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt10100001
10Freiburg10100001
11Augsburg100101-10
12FC Koln100101-10
13Mainz 05100101-10
14Werder Bremen100101-10
15Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen100113-20
16RB Leipzig100102-20
17Stuttgart100102-20
18Wolfsburg100103-30