The Bayern Munich captain, who recently retired from international duty, injured himself during training with his club
Bayern Munich have announced that Philipp Lahm will be out of action for three months after suffering a fractured ankle in training on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old retired from international duty with Germany following their World Cup triumph in July, but was hurt while training with his club and will now require surgery.
Lahm had to be driven from the training pitch on a golf kart after pulling up with the injury to his right foot when unchallenged and underwent further examination in the afternoon, where it was confirmed he has fractured his ankle.
Big blow for Philipp #Lahm: The captain has suffered a fractured ankle. He needs an operation and will be out for around 3 months!
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 18, 2014
Before the event, Lahm had been speaking to Bayern’s official website about the enjoyment he got from extra time off during the international break.
“It is very pleasant. You have a few days off, can turn off, rejuvenate and spend time with the family,” he said.
“That feels good. In recent years, I had only midweek matches, so it seems to me.”
Lahm has been a key figure for Bayern this season, making 18 appearances in all competition, scoring twice in the process.
Bayern are already without Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Claudio Pizarro due to injury, but Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to make his comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines,