Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer has undergone surgery on a broken foot and has been ruled out for the rest of the year. Bayern announced on Monday that Neuer had injured his left foot in training and was due to miss Tuesday’s trip to Schalke. However, following an operation, Bayern will now have to continue without the Germany international until January.
Neuer sustained a repeat hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot in training on Monday. Following a final diagnosis on Monday lunchtime, the Bayern captain underwent surgery early on Tuesday morning to repair the damage. The op, performed by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stockle in Tubingen, involved setting the fracture with a plate.
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Former Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich is the backup for Neuer, and the 29-year-old has played in 12 competitive matches since joining Bayern in 2015. Meanwhile, winger Arjen Robben could also miss the Schalke game as he suffers with an illness. Robben and Neuer join David Alaba and Juan Bernat both with ankle injuries on the sidelines, and coach Carlo Ancelotti said he may shake things up further at the Veltins-Arena to keep his players fresh following a strong start to the Bundesliga season.
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