引用Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is doubtful for the start of the season after being sent for an operation on an ankle injury.
The Germany international picked up the injury during Bayern's 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat by Werder Bremen in the semi-final of the Liga-total! Cup on Saturday and flew back to Munich on Sunday for surgery.
The 27-year-old will have loose fragments removed from his right ankle this week, according to a statement on the Bundesliga club's official website, with no prediction as to when he will return to action.
"He is not very well," said Bayern's director of sport Matthias Sammer, who earlier announced the postponement of a friendly match on Wednesday due to his side's injury problems.
"He needs an operation. Then we will see how long he will be missing."
Gomez lasted just 42 minutes of the game against Bremen before limping off the field and he is unlikely to be fit for the start of the season, which commences on August 25th.
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Bayern's grim fortune with pre-season injuries took another turn for the worse on Sunday on the news that Mario Gomez is facing a spell on the sidelines. "He's not in good shape. He needs surgery," Matthias Sammer confirmed in advance of the LIGA total! Cup third-place play-off in Hamburg, "after the op, we'll find out how long he's unavailable."
Gomez has been diagnosed with loose fragments of the joint in his right ankle, splinters and particles which require surgical removal. The striker played the first 42 minutes of Saturday's match against Werder Bremen, but was then substituted with ankle and calf problems.
Injury roster growing longer
With less than three weeks to go until the first Bundesliga fixture of the new season, the list of injured players at Bayern is growing longer. David Alaba (stress fracture), Rafinha (ligaments) and Diego Contento (hairline fracture of the foot) are almost certain to miss the start of the campaign. Claudio Pizarro sat out the LIGA total! Cup with a long-term hip injury.
In addition, Franck Ribéry has been forced to reduce his training workload in recent days with an inflamed heel, although the France star was able to play on both days of the Hamburg tournament.
On Sunday, Bastian Schweinsteiger was substituted after 19 minutes of the third-place play-off against Hamburg, but Jupp Heynckes had a reassuring message for Bayern fans afterwards. "He turned his ankle on a divot, but the doctor says it's not too bad," the coach said.