Bayern Munich defender Rafinha faces lengthy spell on the sidelines

Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Rafinha is set to miss the start of the season.

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Bayern Munich have been rocked by the news that defender Rafinha is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Brazilian suffered ligament damage to his left ankle in training on Saturday and is devastated that he will miss the start of the 2014-15 season.

"I’m very disappointed," Rafinha is quoted as saying by his club’s official website.

"I had a really good preparation, and now this. I am very sad."

Rafinha was expected to be sold last summer but went on to establish himself as a first-team regular under new coach Pep Guardiola.

The 28-year-old’s injury is therefore a major blow for the Bavarians, but the German champions do, at least, have the option of restoring Philipp Lahm to his more familiar role of right-back.

The World Cup winner was often utilized as a defensive midfielder during the 2013-14 season and continued to do so with his national side, before switching to full-back.

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