Borussia Dortmund will take heart ahead of their Champions League final showdown with Bayern Munich, because Mario Gotze is on the mend.
Young German international attacking midfielder Gotze hobbled out of the second leg of Dortmund’s semi-final aggregate win over Real Madrid, after suffering a thigh muscle injury.
It was feared that he could be ruled out of the final against Bayern, the team he will be playing for next season.
But Dortmund boss, Jurgen Klopp, says that Gotze appears to be winning his fitness battle, and should be ready to play in the biggest, and most emotive, match of his impressive fledgling career.
"Right now it looks like Goetze could be ready for the final," Klopp told reporters.
"His recovery is going according to plan.
"We will intensify training gradually during the week and the plan is for him to join the team training next week. Then we will see if it is good enough."
Bayern are likely to start the final as favourites. They are yet to lose to Dortmund this season, and powered to victory at a record pace in the Bundesliga.
They also shocked the football world to the core by annihilating Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the Champions League semis.
But after dominating Chelsea only to lose last season’s final, Bayern know that in a one-off denouement, anything can happen.
And Dortmund will feel that if Gotze is fit to start, they have an even bigger chance of winning their first European Cup since 1997.