​Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm is expected to miss up to three months of German Bundesliga and European Champions League action due to a fractured ankle. The veteran defender has been sidelined with a fractured ankle which he suffered in training. Lahm suffered the injury in a morning session at Bayern’s training ground on November 18 and had to be helped from the pitch via a golf cart. Lahm, who recently retired from international football following Germany’s World Cup win this summer, was then taken to a local hospital for a diagnosis and medical scans.

The club was obviously disappointed with the news and released a brief statement to its fans which read, “Bayern remains hampered by injury problems. During the public workout on Tuesday, captain Philipp Lahm had to abort the session. The 31-year-old went to ground holding his right foot under no opponent’s challenge and had to be taken from the training pitch on a golf cart.” The club then released more news on Lahm later on when they sent out a Tweet which said, “Big blow for Philipp #Lahm: The captain has suffered a fractured ankle. He needs an operation and will be out for around 3 months!”

Lahm has appeared in 18 games in all competitions this season and has scored a pair of goals. He has helped the reigning champions top the table so far this season and his absence will be sorely missed by manager Pep Guardiola. However, Bayern is already through to the next stage of the Champions League with two games to spare after some fine performances in the group stage. They take on reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City in their next match next week.

Guardiola is already making do without the services of midfielders Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcântara, and Bastian Schweinsteiger as well as defender Holger Badstuber. But even without some of their top players Bayern is still undefeated in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and their domestic cup competition so far this year and have a four-point lead in the Bundesliga.