Bayern Munich's problems continue to mount up, as during their disappointing 2-2 draw against Augsburg on Saturday, Niklas Sule tore his ACL, coming off injured after just 12 minutes.
Sule has stepped up formidably and made himself an integral part of the Bayern Munich defence, but the club confirmed after the match that the German tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee, an injury that after several scans was confirmed to require surgery.
The 24-year-old went down clutching his left knee after he made a challenge on Florian Niederlechner.
Whilst Sule walked out of the pitch, Bayern Munich's manager, Niko Kovac, stated that he has "a very bad feeling" about the extent of the injury.
Bayern Munich went on to confirm the blow after an "in-depth investigation by club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt".
Sule became a crucial part of the starting squad last season, replacing the ageing Jerome Boateng and the declining Mats Hummels, with the latter now at Borussia Dortmund.
Since then, Sule has become the most reliable member of the back four, yet after the injury, Benjamin Pavard had to fill in at centre-back, with David Alaba coming on.