A groin injury has restricted Goetze to just seven league appearances this season, but a month after making a full return to training, he has been kept on the bench for all of Bayern’s last five games.
He is yet to play a single minute in 2016.
Goetze’s goal from the bench at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium gave Germany a 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina, but for the 23-year-old, winning the World Cup has been a golden highlight in three bleak seasons since joining Bayern from rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
Just 25 of Goetze’s 66 league appearances in three seasons at Bayern have been over the 90 minutes.
The attacking midfielder endured another 90 minutes on the bench at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park last Saturday in Bayern’s goalless draw at his former club in a top of the table clash.
Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says he feels “a bit sorry” to see Goetze become a feature on Bayern’s bench, but Munich coach Pep Guardiola simply insists he can not find a place for Germany’s World Cup hero.
“I have seven strikers and not everyone can play. This is sometimes hard for me,” said Guardiola when asked why he keeps leaving Goetze out.
Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller, Douglas Coman, Kingsley Coman, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are clearly all ahead of Goezte in Guardiola’s pecking order.
Thiago Alcantara, Guardiola’s favourite in the attacking midfield position, also spent the entire Dortmund match on the bench as Guardiola played Arturo Vidal and Mueller behind his top-scorer Lewandowski, who has bagged 23 goals this season.