Bayern Munich have confirmed they will be without Manuel Neuer until January, after the German keeper broke his left foot for the third time in 2018.
The 31-year-old originally suffered a hairline fracture to a metatarsal in March, but soon returned to action after a minor operation which saw a screw inserted into his foot.
Neuer was pulled out of training at Sabener Strasse on Monday, complaining of a problem in his foot once more.
He was immediately examined at the training ground before heading to hospital in Tubingen early on Tuesday morning for a final scan that confirmed he had once again cracked his metatarsal.
Neuer, for many the world’s best goalkeeper, was operated on and had a plate set against the fracture, before Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed Bayern don’t expect him to return until the new year.
“The fact that Manuel Neuer has once again suffered an injury makes us incredibly sorry for him,”
“The operation has gone perfectly and that is the most important thing. Now we are now looking forward, together with our captain, and Manuel will be back to his previous best and available to us again in January.”
With Neuer absent, Bayern will rely on No.2 Sven Ulreich to step into the breach, with 17-year-old Christian Frutchl acting as his back up.
This is Neuer’s third operation on the same foot in six months.