FC Bayern München and Germany number one Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of action until at least January 2018, after a recurrence of a foot injury.
The 31-year-old picked up the same injury to the same foot in April’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid, and reportedly suffered a repeat of the same condition in training with Bayern on Monday.
Bavarians chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the news of the injury blow, and expressed optimism Neuer would return to his best once he recovers after surgery.
Get well soon, @Manuel_Neuer! ?
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Rummenigge said, “The operation went perfectly, which is the most important thing for now. We are now looking to the future. Manuel will be back to his previous best and available in January.”
The club also explained the extent of the foot injury and the surgery required, saying, “He sustained a repeat hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot in training on Monday. Following a final disagnosis on Monday lunchtime, the Bayern captain underwent surgery early on Tuesday morning to repair the damage. The op, performed by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stockle in Tubingen, involved setting the fracture with a plate.”
It appears more regular second choice keeper Sven Ulreich will come in for the 31-year-old World Cup winner, though he has made just 12 competitive appearances since signing for Bayern in 2015 from Stuttgart.