Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a leg fracture while on a skiing tour.
The 36-year-old, who represented Germany at the World Cup in Qatar as they went out in the group stage, posted news of his injury on social media.
Neuer has confirmed he will be out for the remainder of 2022-23 after undergoing surgery on the fracture.
In a statement, he said: “Hey guys, what can I say, the end of the year could have definitely gone better.
“While I was trying to get my head clear while ski touring, I suffered a lower leg fracture.
“Yesterday’s surgery went well. Many thanks to the doctors! However, it hurts to know that the current season is over for me.
“Take care! Your Manuel.”
News of his injury will be a blow for Bayern, who have relied on Neuer as one of their key players over the past decade.
The 34-year-old Sven Ulreich is likely to be Neuer’s replacement, having made eight appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season. Alex Nubel, who would be another option to replace him, is out on loan at Monaco.
Neuer, meanwhile, has made 488 appearances in total for Bayern since his move from Schalke in 2011.
Bayern Munich return to action in the Bundesliga against RB Leipzig on January 20.
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