Bayern Munich central defender Holger Badstuber’s hopes of getting into the German squad for Euro 2016 appear to be over after he broke his ankle in training, his club have confirmed.
The injury is set to keep Badstuber sidelined for three months and casts serious doubt on his chances of getting back into the world champions’ squad for Euro 2016 in France.
Badstuber has 31 caps for his country but a horrendous run of injuries has stopped him adding to that tally recently.
He has already undergone surgery on the injury but the news comes as the latest in a string of injuries for Badstuber.
He missed the start of the season after a torn thigh muscle kept him out for nearly five months until he returned to the team in October.
Having featured heavily for Germany up until Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, he spent two years on the sidelines due to a complicated cruciate ligament injury and missed the victorious World Cup campaign in Brazil.
He had earned a recall to the squad from coach Joachim Low last March before his thigh muscle left him watching on from the outside once again.
Bayern confirmed the injury was an isolated incident with no other player involved and the club said it was “immense misfortune for Badstuber and FC Bayern.”
The world champions open their Euro 2016 campaign against Ukraine in Lille on June 12, a game they are 1.50 to win. Germany are 4.33 to win this summer’s tournament in France.