MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Javi Martinez will miss much of the season after tearing left-knee ligaments in the German Super Cup.
The Bundesliga champion said on its home page on Thursday that an examination one day after the injury "confirmed the fears" and showed that Martinez had torn ligaments. Bayern said Martinez will be sidelined for "at least the rest of this year."
He will undergo surgery in the United States shortly before returning to Germany to start rehabilitation.
"Of course I am very sad at the moment. But don't worry, I will be back even stronger," the 25-year-old Spain international said in the statement.
Martinez was injured in the 31st minute of a 2-0 loss in the German Super Cup at Borussia Dortmund when he tried to take a shot and hit the hip of Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola used a three-man defense, with Martinez in the middle. It remains to be seen whether Guardiola will continue with that formation.
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