German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a pelvis injury during a skiing holiday in Switzerland, putting her on the sidelines for the next three weeks.

What she first thought was heavy bruising turned out to be a partial fracture, meaning she must take it easy for three weeks and work from home where possible, said her spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday. 

"The chancellor is of course able to work and is in full communication," said Seibert.

Doctors told her Friday that the injury was in fact an "incomplete" bone fracture that will require her to rest for three weeks.

Seibert told reporters that Merkel would need to cancel a number of official appointments in the coming weeks but would continue to lead the government and hold Cabinet meetings.

He says Merkel's fall occurred "at low speeds" but was unable to say if another person was involved.

Source: Agencies