Bayer Leverkusen midfielder and captain, Lars Bender has undergone an ankle surgery that’ll keep him out till next year.
The midfielder last featured for Leverkusen as a substitute in the DFB Pokal clash with Viktoria Koln in October.
A club statement read: “Lars Bender has successfully undergone surgery on his right ankle in a hospital in Basel on Tuesday.
“The Leverkusen captain will remain in Switzerland for a week and then start his recovery in Leverkusen.
“An operation had become necessary due to his ongoing problems. Bender will be unavailable for the remainder of 2015.”