Friday, 15th August, 2014

Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Javi Martinez has been ruled out for the year after injuring his knee during his side’s 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup on Wednesday night.

The 25-year-old ruptured his left cruciate ligament during the first half of the contest at Signal Iduna Park and had to be replaced by Dante in the 31st minute.

Martinez, who will now fly off to the United States for surgery, admitted he was distressed, but vowed to come back stronger.

"Obviously I'm extremely sad at this moment", he told his club's site.

"I'll come back even stronger."  


Martinez joined Bayern Munich from Athletic Bilbao in 2012 and has thus far amassed 78 appearances in all competitions for the club.

The Spain international, whose contract with the Bavarians runs until the summer of 2017, was sidelined for more than a month last season after injuring his groin in the UEFA Super Cup game against Chelsea.

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