Bundesliga - Bayern Munich confirm savage Martinez blow

Bayern Munich have confirmed that Javi Martinez has suffered a torn cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of action for up to seven months.

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich confirm savage Martinez blow

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Spain international Martinez suffered the devastating injury in the German Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Martinez’s knee connected with the elbow of Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer in the penalty area and he had to be taken off on a stretcher.

Bayern have now confirmed the severity of the problem, with reports putting Martinez’s recovery time at anything up to seven months.

Martinez, comfortable both in central midfield and at centre-back, will undergo an operation with famed knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman in the United States.

“Of course I am naturally very sad, “said Martinez. “But you don’t need to worry – I’ll come back even stronger.”

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