Bayern Munich face an anxious wait over the fitness of Javi Martinez for the Champions League clash with Chelsea in February after he sustained a ‘severe’ muscle injury
Bayern Munich will be sweating on the fitness of Javi Martinez for the Champions League clash with Chelsea in February after he sustained an injury that is set to rule him out for several weeks.
The 31-year-old was taken off injured in Bayern’s 2-0 win against Wolfsburg this afternoon with what boss Hansi Flick described as a “severe muscle injury.”
The Spaniard was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and it emerged after the game that Martinez would be out for around six weeks, which raises doubt over whether he will be available for the first leg of the Champions League tie with Chelsea.
Bayern have been drawn to face Frank Lampard’s side in the last 16 of the competition, with the German side due to travel to Stamford Bridge on February 25 for the first leg, before hosting the Blues at the Allianz Arena on March 18.
Martinez, who picked up the muscular injury as he raced to save the ball from going for a corner, was helped down the tunnel by Bayern’s physios after it was clear that he could not continue.
Bayern went on to win the Bundesliga clash 2-0, with Joshua Zirkzee and Serge Gnabry both on target in the final five minutes of the game.
Bayern Munich now go into their domestic winter break, with no game until January 19, when they face Hertha Berlin.