Former Spain international Alvaro Dominguez Soto has decided to retire at the age of 27, the defender has confirmed in an official statement.
The full-back underwent two operations in an attempt to cure a long-term back problem but neither was successful and after a 20-month lay-off from the game, he has decided to call it a day.
"I am 27 years old and disabled," Dominguez said.
"The last two years have been very difficult for me. I have tried everything to recover and gave everything for the team and club. In the end it was not enough. After two back surgeries, my chapter professional football is closed."
Dominguez moved to the Bundesliga side in 2012 from Atletico Madrid and in 81 appearances for Gladbach he netted three times and provided four assists.
His two caps for the Spanish national team came in 2012.