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back Bundesliga | 03.09.2013 15:45:20

Martinez out for weeks after operation

  • Javi Martinez was in the wars again when FC Bayern faced Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup - but it was for a groin problem, and not this knee injury, that he went under the knife on Tuesday
  • The Basque midfielder's last-gasp strike in that game earned Bayern to a penalty shoot-out against the London Blues
  • Mario Götze (l.) and Arjen Robben are meanwhile both contending with injury problems of their own

Munich - European champions FC Bayern München will have to do without Javi Martinez over the coming weeks after the 25-year-old midfielder underwent groin surgery on Tuesday.

Martinez, who also strained a knee ligament in last Friday's UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea, picked up the groin injury last month on national team duty with Spain in Ecuador.

Sammer not happy with Spanish FA

The club's record signing from Athletic Bilbao played a key part in Bayern's latest title success in Prague, grabbing the last-minute added-time goal that took the contest into a penalty shoot-out. Afterwards, however, Martinez acknowledged that, "I have no problems for 20, 30 minutes, but then it starts to hurt again."

Sporting director Matthias Sammer had already lodged a complaint with the Spanish FA (RFEF) following Martinez's return from South America, describing the trip as "an effrontery and an imposition for the players." The holding midfielder is only one of several Bayern stars out of action at the moment: Mario Götze and Bastian Schweinsteiger both have ankle injuries, while Arjen Robben - who has travelled to join the Dutch national team nonetheless - has been troubled by a swollen knee capsule.

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