Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has said recovery from his latest fracture could take at least six months but he hopes to play again this season.

Neuer, 31, was injured during training last month and underwent successful surgery that was expected to keep him out for the rest of the year.

"There's tissue repair going on inside the foot, this can last up to six months," he told FC Bayern TV.

"It hasn't been an easy for me and I am longing to be back on the pitch."

Although it now appears unlikely Neuer will return after the winter break as originally expected he is still hopeful of coming back ahead of schedule.

"Of course, it always depends on the healing process," he added. "My recovery is going well so far. I'm very positive and think I am making progress."