December 23, 2019 / 9:08 AM / a month ago

Bayern's Martinez out for at least six weeks with muscle injury

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bundesliga - Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bayern Munich - Borussia-Park, Moenchengladbach, Germany - December 7, 2019 Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez reacts after being sent off REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen/File photo

(Reuters) - Bayern Munich defender Javi Martinez faces at least six weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a muscle injury in Saturday’s 2-0 Bundesliga victory over VfL Wolfsburg, interim manager Hansi Flick has said.

The 31-year-old Spaniard suffered the injury to his right thigh and had to be substituted before halftime.

“Javi will be unavailable for at least six weeks, it’s a major muscle injury. It’s very bitter,” Flick told reporters.

Bayern added in a statement on their website that Martinez will miss their Jan. 4-10 training camp in Doha and is a doubt for the clash at Hertha Berlin next month when the Bundesliga restarts following the winter break.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry

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