Former German chancellor Angela Merkel is on the road to recovery after injuring her knee, her spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said on Wednesday, in response to a question on whether the former German chancellor would travel to Russia for the funeral of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

“It was not possible to make a statement about such a trip,” the spokesperson said, as a number of factors were still uncertain.

However, she did say that Merkel would not be able to attend such an event in September, “as she sustained an injury to her knee at the end of her holiday,” around three weeks ago.

The spokesperson added that Merkel did not require surgery and was recovering well.

Merkel had paid tribute to Gorbachev as a “unique global politician” earlier on Wednesday, after the news emerged that Gorbachev had passed away on Tuesday.