Goetze poised to return to Dortmund training

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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) -- Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund says Mario Goetze will be able to train again in two weeks when the playmaker is expected to have recovered from a groin injury.

Goetze hasn't played for the defending champion since a 1-1 draw at home to Kaiserslautern in the league on Dec. 11 as he struggled with a pubic bone inflammation.

Dortmund says in a statement that Goetze is poised to make his long-awaited return after a holiday and specialist treatment.

The 19-year-old Goetze says he is "very happy that things are looking up and that the inflammation is subsiding."

Goetze scored five league goals and set up another five for Dortmund before suffering the injury.