Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has revealed he could be out for as long as six months after fracturing his metatarsal in September.
Neuer missed the remainder of the season and, after a brief comeback at the beginning of this campaign, the Germany number one experienced a repeat in training, with Bayern saying at the time that he would be unlikely to feature before January.
Now Neuer has spoken about the issue himself, conceding that a January return might be a little optimistic.
"The wound has to stay clean and heal by itself," he told FCBayern.tv.
"Then the healing within the foot takes place. That can even take half a year."
Neuer will miss a large chunk of Bayern's season, but he is expected to recover in time to feature for Germany at the 2018 World Cup.