UPDATE (8:56am ET): Bayern Munich confirm via Twitter that Philipp Lahm has suffered a broken ankle and will need surgery, leaving him out for three months.
Could injury finally be what loosens Bayern Munich’s chokehold on the Bundesliga?
It’s a valid question to ask as the Germans return from the international break with a legitimate crisis on their hands.
Captain Philipp Lahm was the next one hit, and while we have no idea what the injury is or the extent of it, the Bayern Munich twitter feed has confirmed that the versatile 31-year-old suffered what they are calling a “serious” injury.
The scary part is the bit about it being a non-contact injury. Those are often the worst, and all Bayern fans will be holding their breath.
Lahm had performed admirably in a defensive midfield role earlier this season, but has been forced back into defense with all the injuries to the squad.
The Bavarians are already without defenders David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng, the latter of which went down recently in international training. Manuel Neuer also pulled out of the international squad with an unspecified “right knee injury,” and the club is already down both backup and third-string keepers Pepe Reina and Tom Starke long-term.
Other Bayern Munich players on the shelf include Bastian Schweinsteiger, Claudio Pizarro, Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez, although Schweinsteiger has returned to training and is expected back soon after missing the entire season thus far with knee problems.
Lahm has played every match for his club this season, scoring twice and grading out well, and he’s missed only nine matches due to injury in the last nine years.
Borussia Dortmund had a classy response to the news: