|File photo taken on Dec. 18, 2013 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel attending a meeting session at Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, in Berlin, Germany. Merkel has injured her pelvis while skiing in Switzerland, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday. (Xinhua/Zhang Fan)
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BERLIN, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has injured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland and will have to cancel several visits, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday.
The accident happened in the alpine Engadine region of eastern Switzerland during Merkel's Christmas holiday in December. Her fall occurred "at lower speed", Seibert said.
The chancellor first thought it was just a bruise, but doctors later determined it was "a severe bruise linked with a partial fracture in her left rear pelvic area."
Merkel now needs help with walking and will have to remain lying down as much as possible in the next three weeks, the spokesman added.
As a result, the chancellor has cancelled a visit to Poland which was scheduled for Wednesday as well as a meeting with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in Berlin.
"Now she is following doctors' advice to allow an optimal healing from the fracture," Seibert said.
The chancellor will be working from home, but still intends to preside over a cabinet meeting slated for Wednesday, according to the spokesman.
Merkel's injury comes just days after German racing legend Michael Schumacher's life-threatening skiing accident in France.