Fiorentina’s Mario Gomez says this season has been the worst of his career following his exclusion from Germany’s provisional World Cup squad.
The forward has missed the majority of the campaign through injury but had hoped to return to action in time to be considered for a place in Brazil.
However, he is still yet to feature for the Viola since sustaining a knee injury against Napoli in March and it has cost him a place in Joachim Low’s plans.
“After the League and the Coppa Italia final I will now also miss the World Cup,” Gomez wrote on his official Facebook page.
“Until a short while ago I had believed I would be able to get back to form and fitness in time.
“Unfortunately though, the injuries I have suffered this season have slowed me down again. It’s been the worst season of my career, which has now finished with another bad blow.
“Having knee injuries for more or less seven months has been too much and it has been immensely frustrating.
“But this is what can happen in sport. I will come back again, as I have done throughout my career.
“I have my fingers crossed and I hope with all my heart that my teammates can lift the trophy.
“Now I will look to make a good recovery and be in good shape in time to play next season.”
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