Manuel Neuer Out Until January

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer dives for the ball during the Euro 2016 semi-final against France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016. AFP

Bayern Munich have confirmed the long-term lay-off of first choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Neuer would be out until January after having undergone another operation on his fractured left foot on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old had only returned at the end of August after fracturing the same foot in April.

“The operation went well and Manuel will be back to his old strength with us again in January,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“The fact that Manuel Neuer has suffered a new injury means we are all very sorry for him,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“The operation went optimally and that is the most important thing now.

“Manuel will be available for us again, back at his old strength, in January.”

Third operation

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 World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland in Belfast on October 5, where a win will book the holders’ place at Russia 2018.

With Neuer out, Barcelona’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who deputised when Germany won the Confederations Cup in July, is set to fill in for the world champions.

Neuer’s Bayern understudy Sven Ulreich will now take over for Munich 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.

He will also miss their league and cup double-header against RB Leipzig at the end of October and away Bundesliga match at current leaders Borussia Dortmund in early November.

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