FC Bayern München defender Holger Badstuber faces another lengthy lay-off after fracturing his ankle in training.
FC Bayern München defender Holger Badstuber faces another lengthy lay-off after fracturing his ankle in training.
Bundesliga

Badstuber out for three months with fractured ankle

FC Bayern München’s injury problems show no sign of abating after it was confirmed that defender Holger Badstuber suffered a fractured ankle in training on Saturday.

Lacking defensive cover

The 26-year-old centre-back has already undergone surgery and will be out for approximately three months.

His diagnosis is a blow for Pep Guardiola, particularly with fellow centre-backs Jerome Boateng, Medhi Benatia and Javi Martinez also injured, but it is especially disappointing for Badstuber himself after his recent return to fitness this season following a succession of knee and hamstring injuries.

Badstuber, who has won 31 caps for Germany, has made just 17 Bundesliga appearances since his first serious injury, a torn cruciate knee ligament in a league game against Borussia Dortmund in December 2012.

Team-mates and fellow players have taken to Twitter to wish the defender a speedy recovery:

"Dear Holger, I hope you get well soon with all my heart. I'm sure we'll see each other in France at EURO 2016 - out on the pitch!"