Manuel Neuer had skin cancer on his face and had to undergo three surgeries
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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has spoken about having to undergo surgery three times for skin cancer on his face.
The 36-year-old Germany international, who has been out since October with a shoulder injury, shared the news on Instagram in a video promoting NewKee – a skincare range that protects the skin in a natural way.
Neuer revealed that one of the reasons behind his decision to team up with three-time tennis Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber for the range was his history with skin cancer.
“We both have a very personal history of skin diseases," Neuer said in a press release.
"In Angelique's case it's sun-related hyperpigmentation, and in my case it's skin cancer on my face, which I've already had to have operated on three times.
“That's why we also took special care not to make any compromises when it comes to sun protection: Because I train outside all the time and also like to spend my free time in nature.”
Back in December 2021, Neuer was spotted walking around with a plaster on his face ahead of Bayern Munich's game against Barcelona in Europe. As reported by German outlet BILD, this is when speculation about a possible illness started.
Reports in Germany also suggest the experienced goalkeeper is not a doubt for this winter's World Cup in Qatar.
That being said, comments made by Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann last week suggest his recovery from a shoulder injury has been frustrating.
"I don't know because I'm not a clairvoyant," Nagelsmann told reporters when asked when Neuer would return. "I'm not assuming he won't be able to play at the World Cup. I'm firmly assuming he will - but I'm not a clairvoyant.
"If he still has persistent pain in five weeks, then he won't play in it."
He added: "We would like him to play again as soon as possible. We are working so he can come back the weekend of next week, but I don't know."
Neuer last played for the Bundesliga champions on October 8 in their 2-2 away draw against Borussia Dortmund.