Bayern's Schweinsteiger tears ankle ligament

Bayern Munich and German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger faces another layoff after tearing an ankle ligament in a Pokal Cup win over Stuttgart, the club announced Thursday.

Schweinsteiger, who was sidelined two months with a broken collarbone earlier this season, was replaced after 17 minutes of the 2-0 quarterfinal win against Stuttgart.

The 27-year-old midfield general was "immediately" placed in a cast that he'll wear for a week and will then be fitted with a special protective shoe, Bayern said on its website.

"We'll issue an estimate of when Bastian should be able to train and play again at a later date," club doctor Muller-Wohlfahrt told the club's website.

The damage includes a torn anterior exterior ligament in the right ankle, and the vice-captain will likely be sidelined at least a few weeks.