The skipper went under the knife and is set to miss the majority of the first half of the Bundesliga season
Nurnberg coach Dieter Hecking has received some disturbing news from the treatment table after being informed that his club captain and No.1 goalkeeper Raphael Schafer will be out for almost three months.
The extent of the injury was revealed by club sporting director Martin Bader, who confirmed the 32-year old was diagnosed with a hamstring problem that will require an operation.
"He [Schafer] will be out for 10 to 12 weeks, then we expect him to be back with the team," Bader told Bild.
Bader expressed his concern over the goalkeeper's absence due to the lack of experience within the remaining Nurnberg players.
"We will not only miss his goalkeeping quality, but also his team leadership," he added.