Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber will have to undergo surgery on a thigh injury sustained during his side’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart.
The Germany defender, who has only just returned to action after spending 20 months out with a serious knee injury, picked up the fresh setback after kicking the ball at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.
It was initially thought to be a minor thigh strain, but a test on Sunday revealed he had actually torn muscle tendons.
“Of course I’m very disappointed right now,” said the 25-year-old on his club’s website. “But I’m now used to it and I know how to deal with such situations. Don’t worry, I will come back and carry on from where I had got back to after my long injury absence. I will not give up.”
The news comes as a disappointment for the Bundesliga side, ahead of Wednesday’s clash of champions with English outfit Manchester City in the Uefa Champions League.
Coac Pep Guardiola could now call on new signing Mehdi Benatia for what will be the Moroccan’s debut against City in front of home crowd.