Bayern's Martinez suffers knee injury during clash vs. Borussia Dortmund

Javi Martinez suffers injury during German Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

Javi Martinez was involved in a collision with Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer.

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Bayern Munich has been dealt an early-season injury blow after Javi Martinez was stretchered off in the German Super Cup clash with Borussia Dortmund.

The Spaniard was involved in a collision with Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer shortly after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had given Jurgen Klopp's side the lead.

The former Athletic Bilbao man went down immediately clutching his knee and was unable to continue, being replaced by Dante shortly after.

Initial reports in Germany claim the Spaniard has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, but the club is yet to confirm the extent of the injury.

Guardiola had started the match with Martinez, a midfielder by trade, in a defensive role as Pep Guaridola looks to experiment with a 3-4-3 formation.

 

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