Bayern Munich have confirmed that defender Niklas Sule tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during their Bundesliga draw against Augsburg.
Germany centre-back Sule will undergo surgery on Sunday after scans confirmed head coach Niko Kovac’s fears of a serious injury.
Sule, 24, went down clutching his left leg after going into a challenge with Florian Niederlechner in the early stages of the 2-2 draw in Bavaria.
The defender walked from the pitch but Kovac admitted to having “a very bad feeling” and the most important pillar of his back four now faces several months on the sidelines.
Bayern announced the blow following an “in-depth investigation by club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt”.
Sule was making his eighth start of the champions’ uneven Bundesliga campaign, having become an entrenched member of the starting XI last season as the influence of Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels – now at Borussia Dortmund – started to wane.
Bayern came from behind to lead at Augsburg following Sule’s substitution but were ultimately forced to share the spoils, Alfred Finnbogason nicking a point for the hosts in second-half stoppage time.
Sule’s condition is also sure to be of concern to Joachim Low, who may have to make Euro 2020 plans without the former Hoffenheim player.