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All-clear for Javi

Brief lay-off for injury victim Martínez

Javi Martínez was substituted after 38 minutes of Friday’s meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach following an aerial collision in the break-down from a corner, but the 24-year-old suffered nothing more serious than bruising around the eyeball and minor damage to the cornea. The player was initially examined in hospital on Friday evening and reported for a further check up on Saturday.

Martínez was unable to train on Saturday, but the Spanish world and European champion is expected to resume the squad programme on Monday, and should be a contender for Tuesday’s DFB Cup Round of 16 trip to Augsburg.

In the aerial challenge after 38 minutes of Friday’s game, Gladbach’s Martin Stranzl caught the Bayern midfielder in the eye with a flailing hand. Javi complained of blurred vision and was forced out of the action. After the final whistle, he travelled to hospital with FCB Chief Medical Officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller Wohlfahrt for the initial diagnosis.