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.


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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