Bayern Munich have announced that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is to undergo ankle surgery for the second time in less than five months.
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Schweinsteiger, 29, underwent an operation on his ankle in June, after the conclusion of Bayern’s Treble-winning season.
But since returning to action in the 2013-14 season the Germany international has struggled to reach his usual level of form.
He has also missed several Germany games, as he was rested rather than called up by Joachim Loew, and only returned to the national team for the last round of World Cup qualifiers in October.
During a check-up by Bayern club doctor Mueller-Wohlfahrt an “increasing post-surgery ossification in the right ankle” was diagnosed.
“This leads to a mechanical tendonitis,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt is quoted as saying.
“Despite an intensive conservative treatment no sufficient improvements were made. Participation in training or match is no longer possible. Within a narrow time frame he will undergo surgery,” the press release read.
“The last weeks have been very painful for me time and time again,” Schweinsteiger said. “I consistently tried it, but I have now reached a point where I can no longer avoid surgery. I hope that I will able to play football completely pain-free after the surgery.”
The club has not given a return date for the Germany international, who also plays a central role in Joachim Loew's plans for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.