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Op after fracture

Philipp Lahm ruled out for months

More bad luck on the injury front for FC Bayern. Skipper Philipp Lahm hurt his foot during the public training session on Tuesday morning and had to be taken to the dressing room on a golf buggy. A subsequent examination in the early afternoon at the practice run by the club’s chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt confirmed the initial fears: Lahm suffered a fracture to his right ankle requiring an immediate operation. The 31-year-old FCB pro will spend the next two to three months on the sidelines.

Lahm is the eighth FCB player to be ruled out for a long stretch. The skipper joins an injury list that includes Holger Badstuber (torn ligament), Javi Martínez (cruciate), David Alaba (medial ligament), Thiago (medial ligament), Claudio Pizarro (muscle injury) plus the two goalkeepers Tom Starke (ankle) and Pep Reina (muscle). On the plus side, Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to full training last week after several months out.

This is the first serious injury for Lahm since 2006. FC Bayern’s Mr Reliable, who played 271 of his total of 324 Bundesliga games for FCB in recent years, suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow ahead of the World Cup in Germany. During his two-season loan at VfB Stuttgart Lahm also suffered a broken metatarsal in January 2005 and a torn cruciate in his right knee in May 2005. wishes Philipp Lahm a speedy recovery and a quick return to the game.