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Statement: Bastian Schweinsteiger’s operation

As announced in our press release dated 8 November 2013, Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger (29) requires further surgery on his right ankle. The operation will be performed shortly. As previously stated, an estimate of the time the player will require for a full recovery cannot be made until after the operation.

However, much of the ongoing public speculation about Bastian Schweinsteiger’s fitness and health is incorrect.

Bayern Munich chief medical officer Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt commented: “Unfortunately there has been a large-scale media debate since last weekend regarding Bastian Schweinsteiger’s state of health, conducted in a manner which is inappropriate and untenable with respect to the player. Opinions are being expressed by colleagues who have no access whatsoever to specialist information, including diagnoses and visual material.”

For this reason, and with Bastian Schweinsteiger’s consent, Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt has issued the following detailed explanation: “The injury concerns an extra-articular condition (situated away from the joint). The ankle joint itself is not affected. The postoperative prognosis may be regarded as very favourable. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s fitness for the year 2014 is not endangered in any respect.”