Lahm out three months with broken ankle

Munich, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm will spend the next three months on the sidelines after breaking his ankle in training.

The 31-year-old was injured in training on Tuesday, and tests have confirmed that he will require surgery to repair the problem, keeping him out of action until February.

Lahm retired from international duty after helping Germany capture the World Cup this past summer, and he has appeared in all 11 of Bayern's Bundesliga matches this season as well as the team's four Champions League fixtures.

"A thorough investigation by club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in the early afternoon confirmed the initial fears: Lahm broke his right ankle and needs surgery promptly," read a statement from the club. "The 31-year-old FCB professional will thus miss two and a half to three months."

Lahm is the latest injury casualty at Bayern, which is already without Holger Badstuber, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, Thiago, Claudio Pizarro, Tom Starke and Pepe Reina.