Having played the full 90 minutes at Bayern Munich a fortnight ago, Gotze was on the bench against Stuttgart and again against Schalke.
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Mario Gotze's World Cup winner for Germany 2014 has weighed him down in the intervening years, according to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Bayern Munich have received a boost as Manuel Neuer has completed goalkeeping training for the first time in more than six months.
Germany coach Joachim Low did not pick a Dortmund player for the recent friendlies against Spain and Brazil.
Find out when Germany will play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
As the World Cup approaches, it's clear that five teams stand the best chance to win in Russia, starting with defending champions Germany.
Of the five World Cup favourites, the 2010 winners looked closest to being the finished article over the international break.
South Korea star Son Heung-Min has warned his teammates they must cut out mistakes ahead of the World Cup.
Germany will stay top of the new FIFA World Ranking, despite losing 1-0 to second-placed Brazil on Tuesday night.
Brazil took a measure of revenge for their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals as they ended their 22-match unbeaten run.
Scouting Spotlight has an international feel this week as we look ahead to the 2018 World Cup. Who will be some of the breakout young stars in Russia?
Joachim Low said Germany are capable of so much more than their 1-0 loss to Brazil showcased. He's right: They could've hardly delivered less.
Brazil's friendly win in Germany proved they're serious World Cup contenders this summer, but it would be naive to put too much stock in this result.
Brazil managed a 1-0 friendly victory over Germany to earn a measure of closure after their humiliating defeat at the 2014 World Cup.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday by returning to training for the first time since September.
Brazil look to exorcise the demons of 2014's 7-1 loss to Germany, while France and Russia face off with both needing a statement result. Here's W2W4.
Suggestions that Brazil are out for revenge against Germany are misguided. Real revenge would come with a sixth World Cup, not by winning a friendly.
Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Emre Can have returned to their clubs and will miss Germany's friendly against Brazil.
The line-up may change on Tuesday but the world champions' emphasis will not: Games vs. Spain and Brazil are all about being ready for the World Cup.
Spain goalkeepers David De Gea and Pepe Reina and Germany's Marc-Andre ter Stegen were critical of the ball that will be used at the World Cup.