Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg on a ski trip.
The 36-year-old was spending time following Germany’s exit from the FIFA World Cup on a skiing holiday before Bayern are due to return to training on 3 January, but an accident has left him with a lower leg break which means the Bayern captain's season has come to a premature end.
"The news of Manuel's injury shocked us all," said Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn on his club's website. "We will stand by him and accompany him on his way to his comeback. He will also overcome this serious injury and return to the pitch as strong as before."
The widely considered world’s best goalkeeper has kept four clean sheets in 12 Bundesliga appearances this season and was not beaten even once in any of his three UEFA Champions League outings.
A shoulder injury saw him miss a total of seven games earlier this season, with Sven Ulreich deputising, and his understudy can now expect a longer run in the Bayern goal as Neuer recovers.
"The fact that Manuel had such an accident is terrible, and of course all our thoughts are with him," said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. "I spoke with him yesterday and today, and the surgery went as well as possible. Manuel will receive all the support he needs. He is a strong personality and will come back. I wish him all the best, he can rely on Bayern!"
The Bundesliga leaders return to league action with a trip to RB Leipzig on January 20. They will face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.
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