Bayern Munich yesterday announced that Manuel Neuer (37) underwent successful surgery on Sunday to have metal implants removed from his right fibula, before the player immediately resumed his rehabilitative training.
Although this information was kept a secret until Bayern Munich released the news on their official site, Neuer’s surgery was planned. But according to Bild, voices within the club believe that Neuer may not play again until 2024. Neuer’s fitness is a major topic at Säbener Straße and per Sport Bild, Neuer is now thinking about a ‘change of plan’ with a comeback now a matter of months, rather than weeks.
As further reported by Sport1’s Kerry Hau, Neuer’s workload had to be reduced in the past few weeks prior to the planned surgery, and a return to team training is currently out of the question.
Neuer’s latest potential setback provides a further headache for Bayern Munich. With Alexander Nübel joining Stuttgart on a season-long loan and Yann Sommer departing for Inter Milan, that leaves the Rekordmeister with Sven Ulreich as the only cover for Neuer.
We know that Bayern Munich are in the market for a goalkeeper but just four days out from their DFL Supercup against RB Leipzig and the Bundesliga returning the following weekend, time is running out. According to Hau, Bayern Munich want to sign a goalkeeper who has the potential to become a permanent number one at the club, and isn’t just seen as a temporary solution.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder