Klose blow for Bayern

Striker set for ankle op

Klose: Laid low

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Bayern Munich have suffered a blow with the news that Miroslav Klose faces a spell on the sidelines through injury.

The 30-year-old faces up to a month out of action after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend win over Bochum.

Scans have shown that Klose requires an operation to correct the problem and it means he will miss Bayern's UEFA Champions League quarter-final ties as well as Germany's next two World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Wales

Bayern boss Jurgen Klinsmann admitted it was a major blow to lose the prolific striker for a period of time.

"This is obviously a bitter blow," Klinsmann told the club's official website.

"We can only hope that the operation goes well and Miro gets back on his feet quickly."