Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out until January

Bayern Munich will be without the services of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer until January after he underwent a surgery on his broken left foot.

The German international sustained an injury to the same foot in April, and he has a recurrence in training on Monday. As a result, the World Cup winner is expected to be sidelined until the turn of the year, and this will see Bayern utilise the services of backup goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the news via BBC Sport, he said: "Manuel Neuer has sustained another injury and we're incredibly sorry for him.The operation went perfectly, which is the most important thing for now. We are now looking to the future. Manuel will be back to his previous best and available in January."

The 31-year-old, who is regarded as one among the best goalkeepers in the world, will be hoping to make a quick return to first-team football following his recovery as he remains key to Germany's World Cup campaign next term. Neuer played brilliantly in the sweeper-keeper position against Algeria in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and that performance was crucial towards ending their 24-year wait for the continental crown.

Bayern Munich have a tough Champions League outing against Paris Saint-Germain in the coming week, and Ulreich's reflexes are likely to be tested with the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe leading the line for Les Parisiens. Nevertheless, the German champions will be confident of progressing through the group with both Anderlecht and Celtic unlikely to provide much opposition.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti's side appear to be coping well in the German Bundesliga following a surprise defeat at Hoffenheim earlier in the month. Bayern have literally cruised to the league title in recent seasons, and they could lift their sixth Bundesliga crown on the trot unless the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig improve on last season's performance.

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