The news that Manuel Neuer had to take a break for several weeks after knee surgery caused a lot of excitement around FC Bayern on Sunday. The first details about the extent of the injury have now become public.
As the “Bild” reports, the reason for the operation was a long-term meniscus injury that has occupied the national goalkeeper for several months.
According to the newspaper, Neuer had complained of complaints since the first half of the game against VfL Wolfsburg in mid-December and had to repeatedly reduce the amount of training.
Since not only the knee but also the muscles around it caused problems, an operation was finally unavoidable. The 35-year-old had previously tried to treat the injury conservatively for several weeks.
The intervention was performed by Prof. Dr. Christian Fink in Innsbruck, where Bayern stars Lucas Hernández and Leroy Sané had previously had their knee injuries treated.
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FC Bayern wrote in its press release on Sunday that the goalkeeper would be absent for “several weeks”. According to “Bild”, the record champions have to do without their captain for four to six weeks.
The newspaper speculates that the date of the intervention was deliberately chosen by those responsible so that Neuer could be back on the field in time for the quarter-finals in the Champions League in early April.
In the round of 16 of the premier class against RB Salzburg and in the upcoming Bundesliga games, the five-time world goalkeeper has to be represented by his backup Sven Ulreich.
The former Stuttgarter had already replaced Neuer in the first Bundesliga game of the year when number one was out due to a corona infection.
Neuer himself reported to his fans via Instagram on Sunday and sent a picture from the hospital: “Everything went great, so I can start the rehabilitation training in a timely manner. Keep your fingers crossed for me!” Said the 2014 world champion.