Phillip Lahm (c.) celebrates his 30th birthday today and deserves to put his feet up after a year in which he has got his hands on almost every major honour in football
Phillip Lahm (c.) celebrates his 30th birthday today and deserves to put his feet up after a year in which he has got his hands on almost every major honour in football
Bundesliga

Off the Ball

Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com’s latest feature, casts an eye over the weird, wonderful and sometimes controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight in recent days.

Today, bundesliga.com wishes a speedy recovery to one of Serbia's finest, enjoys the carnival celebrations in Köln, and raises a glass to the 30th birthday to a captain of club and country...

Just before half time in Borussia Dortmund's

2-1 defeat

to VfL Wolfsburg

Neven Subotic

went down clutching his knee. Coach Jürgen Klopp feared the worst and so it proved, as club doctor Markus Braun confirmed the Serbian centre-half faces

up to six months out

with ligament damage. Subotic added on his official Facebook page: "Don't worry! I'll come back stronger." It was just as encouraging to see FC Bayern München players

Jerome Boateng

and

Mario Götze

wish Subotic a speedy recovery on Twitter:

We forgot to add that Lahm has also led Bayern to a record-breaking 37 games unbeaten over the last year, too. Check out what he had to say about that on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: