Munich - FC Bayern München skipper underwent a successful operation on Thursday morning after fracturing his ankle in training earlier this week.
Providing there are no further complications, Germany's 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning captain will remain in hospital for some much-needed rest and relaxation in the wake of going under the knife to have a metal plate fixed to the bone. Lahm will have to stay off his feet for the time being, but still has an arduous recovery process ahead of him.
Lahm, who aside from a few minor ailments has remained injury free since 2006, had to be withdrawn from Tuesday's training session at Bayern's Säbener Straße complex on a golf cart after collapsing to the ground in apparent agony much to the concern of his team-mates. He was taken immediately to the offices of club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, whose diagnosis suggested the 31-year-old would be out of action for at least three months.
Lahm, a five-time winner of the Bundesliga, has
this season, scoring twice and chipping in with two assists to help the Bavarians go top of the table. The league leaders are next in action on Saturday when they host TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, after which they visit Manchester City FC on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stages.