Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says Bastian Schweinsteiger's latest injury setback is a "catastrophe" for the midfielder after he was ruled out of action until 2014.
The 29-year-old is set to undergo surgery on his right ankle for the second time this year after a summer operation failed to solve the problem.
"For Bastian it is very bad, he had only just been back fighting fit again," the 61-year-old told TZ. "And now he gets this setback - it's a catastrophe.
"Bayern can compensate in his absence though."
The reigning Bundesliga champions are still unable to confirm an official date when the Germany international will be ready to return, with sporting director Mathias Sammer revealing his treatment is still under discussion.
"There are still discussions to be had between the player and the physician on the operation," he said. "And then Bayern have to meet to make decisions: where, when and how."
Bayern will return to action after the international break with a crunch match at Borussia Dortmund on November 23.