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Manuel Neuer has played with a metal plate in his foot for nine years

Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper suffered the same foot injury with Schalke in 2008.

FC Bayern Muenchen v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

Speaking to Sport Bild about the hairline fracture in his right foot that has sidelined Neuer until at least January, Bayern Munich’s world-class keeper revealed a stunning surprise: he has been playing with a metal plate in his foot for the past nine years.

I had the same injury in my right foot in 2008 with Schalke. I had a plate inserted in my foot at the time that’s still in there. I never had any problems with it and feel very comfortable wit it.

Neuer had suffered a hairline fracture on July 8, 2008. Three months later, he celebrated a spectacular comeback, playing a full 90 minutes against Wolfsburg and even providing the game-winning assist to Kevin Kuranyi after sprinting into Wolfsburg’s penalty area.

After the surgery and recovery from the injury, Neuer decided not to have the plate removed:

I’m fond of the idea of leaving everything in during my career - not least to avoid unnecessary pauses.

After the coming weeks of rest and rehabilitation, Neuer thus will boast not one, but two metal plates in his right foot - and hopefully no more.

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