Injury blow for Badstuber

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber is facing another

lengthy lay-off after suffering a second rupture of his cruciate

ligaments as he fought his way back from an injury first suffered

in December.

The Germany international had returned to training after

initially tearing the cruciate in his right knee against Borussia

Dortmund in December last year.

But while his team-mates were concluding their title-winning

Bundesliga season with a 4-3 away win over Borussia Monchengladbach

on Saturday afternoon, Badstuber was reeling from the news of a

fresh rupture which will require additional surgery.

Bayern director of sport Matthias Sammer told the club’s

website: “Obviously, we’ll give him all the time in the world to

get fit. We’re optimistic. I’m confident he’ll be back, stronger

than ever.”