Martinez out for months due to knee injury

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Bayern Munich has confirmed Javi Martinez will be out of action for “several months” as a result of the knee he suffered against Borussia Dortmund.

The Spain international fell to the turf after an innocuous-looking challenge with Marcel Schmelzer in the first half of Dortmund’s 2-0 on Wednesday.

He indicated in the immediate aftermath he thought it a serious and backed on Thursday when Bayern announced he would have to undergo surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
A Bayern read: “Javi Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the German Super Cup in Dortmund on Wednesday night and will be available to Pep Guardiola for the remainder of the year.”

It is a big blow for Guardiola who expected to utilise Martinez’s versatility to the full the coming .

The former Athletic Bilbao man can operate in midfield and defence and an integral part of the Bayern side which won the Champions League in 2013 and retained the domestic double last .

He was downbeat after hearing the news but vowed to return a better player, telling the club’s official website: “Of course am very sad but need you to worry – ’ll come back even stronger.”

Martinez is expected to fly to Colorado in the next few days to have surgery before returning to Germany to begin his .   (