Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer will be out until January after undergoing another operation on Tuesday on his fractured left foot.
The German captain just 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 German league match at Schalke.
“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.”
This is Neuer’s third operation on the same foot in six months.