20 March 2018

Neuer has fractured his leg and can miss rest of season

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer looks likely to miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left foot during Bayern Munich’s 4-2 loss at Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg.

The German international sustained the injury as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his hat-trick in extra time, with Marco Asensio scoring shortly afterward to complete a 6-3 aggregate victory.

Neuer remained on the pitch for the rest of extra time but was in clear discomfort and hobbled down the tunnel after the full-time whistle.

“Manuel Neuer suffered a fracture to his left foot in the 4-2 defeat away to Real Madrid according to an initial diagnosis,” the club later said on their website.

“Neuer will undergo a thorough examination on arrival in Munich prior to a decision on the appropriate treatment.”

The 31-year-old had only just returned from injury after missing three Bundesliga fixtures last month.

A training ground injury necessitated minor foot surgery, causing him to miss matches against Augsburg, Hoffenheim and Dortmund.

His absence was keenly felt: Hoffenheim beat Bayern to end their 20-match unbeaten run with deputy goalkeeper Sven Ulreich unable to keep out Andrej Kramaric’s early half-volley.

News of Neuer’s injury will have done little to improve the mood of Bayern Munich, who left the Santiago Bernabeu furious with referee Viktor Kassai and his team of assistants after a series of contentious decisions.

2017.04.19 / 15:59
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