Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s German international defender Jerome Boateng will be sidelined for a number of weeks after needing a shoulder operation, Kicker magazine reported on its website.

Asked if surgery was necessary, the 28-year-old Boateng told Kicker: “Unfortunately, yes.”

Boateng, who suffered the injury in a training ground fall, missed the start of the season after tearing a thigh muscle on international duty with Germany at Euro 2016.