Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer could miss next summer’s World Cup with a broken foot.
The shot-stopper missed the back end of last season after suffering a hairline fracture in his foot in March, but quickly returned to action following a minor operation.
He then heroically played in both legs of Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid, which reportedly exacerbated the problem and saw him miss the remainder of the club’s campaign.
Neuer finally returned to action last month in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, a whole 133 days later.
And his performances lately have been nothing short of sensational, which is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the world’s finest goalkeeper.
Just check out this against Mainz at the weekend.
Unfortunately, that looks like the last time we’ll see the 31-year-old in action for a quite a while.
According to BILD, Neuer pulled out of training on Monday and was immediately examined by the club’s medical staff.
Early reports in Germany have confirmed the foot is broken again, with Bild stating the injury could be quite severe.
Bayern have confirmed that he will not travel to Gelsenkirchen for their Bundesliga clash against Schalke on Tuesday, while there’s very real concerns that he could miss next summer’s World Cup.
The good news for Germany is they still have Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno as understudies.