Manuel Neuer Set to Miss Remainder of Season After Suffering Broken Metatarsal in Real Madrid Defeat

Tom Power

​Manuel Neuer's season is over after it was confirmed that the Bayern Munich goalkeeper has fractured one of the metatarsal bones in his left foot.

The German giants took to their ​official website to announce that the shot stopper would be out for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign but, thankfully, that he would not require surgery to correct the problem.

A statement from the club read: "Manuel Neuer was thoroughly assessed on Wednesday night after his return, from the Champions League game in Madrid, by the medical department. 

"The first diagnosis of a bone fracture in the left metatarsal was confirmed. The 31-year-old national goalkeeper thus falls out several weeks and lacks the record champion for the rest of the season."

Neuer picked up the broken toe during the 4-2 Champions League quarter-final second leg defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday - the goalie landing awkwardly after Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick goal at the Bernabeu - and, speaking after receiving the verdict on his injury, Neuer admitted his sadness at missing Bayern's fixture run-in before turning his attentions to getting fit as soon as possible.

He said: "Of course, I am sad that I will not be available to the team at the season finale. Now I am concentrating on getting back to health as soon as possible. This is the most important thing for me now."

Arguably the best goalkeeper in world football at the present time, Neuer has been the undisputed number one at the Allianz Arena for the last six years after he completed a 2011 summer move from fellow Bundesliga side Schalke.

The 74-times capped Germany international has been a virtual ever-present in Carlo Ancelotti's starting lineup this season, with another foot injury - sustained ahead of the 6-0 drubbing of Augsburg at the start of April - the only issue that has sidelined him at any point during this term.

Bayern will now turn to either understudy Sven Ulreich - the man who replaced Neuer during that three-game stretch - or veteran Tom Starke for their final six games of the campaign.

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