Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer revealed that he has been suffering from skin cancer on his face, which required him to undergo surgery three times.
However, it is understood by reports in Germany that the shot-stopper will not miss the World Cup as a result of cancer, although he is still battling for fitness having suffered a shoulder injury last month.
Neuer took to Instagram on Wednesday to share that he has been suffering from skin cancer, having now invested in a sun cream with tennis star Angelique Kerber.
‘When it comes to sunscreen, we have therefore paid attention to maximum protection.
‘Since we train outside all the time and also like to spend our free time in nature, it is essential for us to start with modern sun protection filters and a sun protection factor of 50+.
‘So we know for sure that we have a sunscreen that protects us continuously and with which hardly anything can burn.’
As reported by Bild, speculation about a possible illness started in December 2021, when the 36-year-old was walking around with a noticeable plaster on his face ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash against Barcelona.
Neuer, who went under the knife three times in an effort to treat the cancer, still has the facial scar today.
Neuer, who is widely considered one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, could be set for his last major international tournament in Qatar, having made 113 captain for Germany since his senior debut in 2009.
The goalkeeper returned to Bayern Munich training this week in an effort to return ahead of Flick’s final 26-man squad for Qatar, which is due to be submitted by November 13.