Cologne - The quiet of this week's international break was shattered on Tuesday afternoon when it was confirmed that FC Bayern München skipper and Germany's 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm was ruled out for three months with a broken ankle.
bundesliga.com rounds up how the world of football reacted to this serious injury to one of the Bundesliga's biggest names...
Borussia Dortmund were one of the first - and the most compassionate - to offer their commiserations to a rival player:
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Bayern's opponents on Matchday 12, also took to Twitter to wish Lahm a speedy recovery, saying: "Get well soon, Philipp Lahm! Shame you can't play on Saturday. Hope you get back to fitness soon.
The German national team, for whom Lahm made 111 appearances, winning the World Cup in his final outing, offered best wishes ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Spain in Vigo:
Bayern team-mate Holger Badstuber, who of course has had his own problems with injury, chimed in with:
Sebastian Rode might well be finding himself replacing Lahm on the pitch for the duration of his absence - the former Eintracht Frankfurt man said "Get well soon Philipp and be back on your feet quickly!"
Mario Götze sent his "best wishes"...
...as did Jerome Boateng...
...and Javi Martinez
Former Bayer 04 Leverkusen star and Germany team-mate Andre Schürrle, now at Chelsea FC, said:
Ex-Hertha Berlin and
defender Arne Friedrich wrote: "Get well my friend! Hope to see you back on your feet soon."
Even sports stars from outside the world of football were quick to wish Lahm a speedy recovery...
Philipp Lahm scored his first-ever Bundesliga brace against SV Werder Bremen earlier in the season. Watch it again below, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: