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Badstuber sidelined

Knee op and six-month lay-off for Olic

Bayern’s injury misery this season deepened on Monday with the news that Ivica Olic will be out of action for the next six months. The Croatia striker has sustained a serious injury to his left knee – damage to the exterior meniscus and cartilage – and will report to renowned specialist Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colorado for surgery, possibly as early as this week.

“Naturally, I’m disappointed,” commented the FCB goal-getter, who clocked up 27 scorer points (19 goals, eight assists) in 41 matches last season. “I’d hoped to build on what I achieved last season, and I’d set my sights incredibly high for the new season.”

Badstuber out of Cluj trip

Olic, who has recently played in a mask to protect a broken nose, began the season troubled by a knee injury after taking a blow to the joint in a mid-August international appearance. A course of injections appeared to be clearing the problem, but he has now been forced to accept the need for surgery and is unlikely to be available for selection again until near the end of the season.

With the loss of Olic, the injury roster at the club ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Cluj is now up to nine names. Holger Badstuber, who broke down in the warm-up for last Friday’s league meeting with Freiburg with a pelvis injury, will not join the party travelling to Romania.

Fifteen-strong squad

There was one piece of good news amidst the Monday gloom when keeper Jörg Butt reported fit after a back injury. David Alaba is also fit again after six weeks on the sidelines with torn ankle ligaments and will be named among the subs for the Cluj clash, although the squad will only number 15 players.