Javi Martínez ruled out for at least 6 weeks

Bayern Munich will be without the services of centre-back Javi Martínez for at least six weeks following a muscle injury during the defending champions’ 2-0 win at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The club published a statement on their official website confirming the 31-year-old suffered the injury in a challenge with Renato Steffen in first half stoppage time.

Martínez has made 11 Bundesliga appearances during the first half of the season, though only five of these in the starting lineup. He was sent off in Bayern’s 2-1 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach in early December. The experienced defensive player had started alongside David Alaba in a back four versus Wolfsburg, and was replaced by Jérôme Boateng following his injury.

This news means the Spaniard will miss the German giants’ trip to Doha over the international break as well as the restart of the season away to Jürgen Klinsmann’s Hertha BSC on Sunday 19 January 2020. Head coach Hans-Dieter Flick still has the services of centre-backs Niklas Süle, Jérôme Boateng and Benjamin Pavard all available to him.