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Torn cruciate

Long lay-off for unlucky Martínez

Javi Martínez and Bayern’s worst fears have been realised after it was revealed the midfielder sustained a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee in Wednesday evening’s Supercup clash in Dortmund. The diagnosis was issued on Thursday after the player underwent a medical conducted by FCB chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt and team doctor Dr Peter Ueblacker. Martínez will be out of action for at least the rest of this year.

“Obviously I’m extremely sad at this moment,” the 25-year-old said, “but don’t worry – I’ll come back even stronger!” Martinez will likely fly to Vail, Colorado in the next few days for surgery to repair the damage and will commence a sports rehab programme on his return to Munich. The Spain international sustained the injury in a collision after half an hour of Wednesday’s match in Dortmund and had to be stretchered from the field.