Vastavam web: Bayern Munich have confirmed their Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will be out until January having undergone another operation on Tuesday after again fracturing his left foot.The 31-year-old had only returned at the end of August after fracturing the same foot in April.He suffered the fresh injury in training on Monday as Bayern prepared for Tuesday’s Bundesliga match at Schalke.This is Neuer’s third operation on the same foot in six months after minor surgery for a toe injury in March and then again in April after initially fracturing his foot.
Neuer’s latest injury blow sparks concerns about Germany’s skipper nine months before the World Cup kicks off.He last played for Germany in a World Cup qualifier in October 2016. Neuer will miss Germany’s key qualifier against Northern Ireland in Belfast on October 5, where a draw will book the holders’ place at Russia 2018.”Medically, he is in the best hands and he knows that he will get as much support from us as he will from Bayern Munich.”
Sven Ulreich will stand in for Neuer at Bayern until the winter break at the end of December.Neuer will miss Bayern’s remaining Champions League group stage games, including their key away match at Paris Saint- Germain on September 27.Neuer’s Bayern and Germany team-mates quickly rallied around.
“You will come back stronger, my friend,” wrote Bayern winger Franck Ribery on Twitter, while Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Robert Lewandowski offered a “get well soon”.Germany star Toni Kroos offered: “You’ll be fit again soon”. Bayern confirmed Neuer underwent the operation at a clinic in Tuebingen, south-west Germany, by head surgeon Ulrich Stoeckle, who has inserted a plate in his foot.