Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke will be out for three months after undergoing surgery for a broken hand and will miss the FIFA World Cup qualifiers™ against Russia and Wales.
The 31-year-old, who succeeded Jens Lehmann as Die Mannschaft's goalkeeper after UEFA EURO 2008, broke the scaphoid bone in his left hand in training on Wednesday afternoon and had surgery to insert a screw on Friday.
The Hanover shot-stopper will miss Saturday's Group 4 game in Dortmund against Russia as well as the match with Wales in Borussia Moenchegladbach next Wednesday.
It means either Werder Bremen's Tim Wiese or Bayer Leverkusen's Rene Adler will make their debut on Saturday. Enke will be replaced in the Hanover team by former Germany U-21 goalkeeper Florian Fromlowitz.