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Toni laid low

Six to eight-week lay-off for stricken Kroos

A touch of the gloss was taken off Bayern’s impressive 2-0 triumph against Juventus in the Champions League last eight on Tuesday by a serious injury to Toni Kroos. An initial diagnosis by FCB chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt suggests the Germany international has ruptured a group of adductor muscles in his right hip and now faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines.

“Obviously, this is a severe blow,” commented Jupp Heynckes after the final whistle, “a lot will be decided over the next two months.” The coach voiced fears that Kroos will not be fit to play again "for a very long time. It's a real shame, especially for such a young player who's been top-class this season.“

Kroos was involved in an innocuous challenge after 14 minutes of the Allianz Arena clash but crumpled to the turf afterwards. He was taken direct to the dressing room and later left the stadium on crutches, with Arjen Robben coming on as a 16th-minute substitute. The loss of Kroos is a heavy blow, as the 23-year-old has been an undisputed regular for FCB this term, and has nine goals and eight assists to his name in all competitions.