Bayern's Rafinha laid low by ankle injury

Right-back Rafinha will miss the start of FC Bayern München's UEFA Champions League campaign after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle during training.

Rafinha of FC Bayern München celebrates their victory during their German Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart
Rafinha of FC Bayern München celebrates their victory during their German Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart ©Getty Images

FC Bayern München right-back Rafinha is set to miss the start of his team's UEFA Champions League campaign after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle.

The Brazilian defender emerged as a first-team regular under Josep Guardiola last season but now looks destined for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up the injury during training. "Of course I am very disappointed," said the 28-year-old. "I was having a really good preparation until now. I am very, very sad."

Semi-finalists last term, Bayern will return to the UEFA Champions League in the group stage, after beginning their Bundesliga defence against VfL Wolfsburg on 22 August.