Scorer of the game tying goal in the dying minutes of extra time in Friday’s UEFA Super Cup, Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez had to undergo groin surgery on Tuesday and is set for a three-week spell on the sidelines according to Bild.
Martinez scored the last-gasp equaliser in the UEFA Super Cup victory against Chelsea on Friday, but Bayern announced the following day that the Spain international had stretched his knee ligaments and required five days’ rest. Now it is clear that Martinez needed to be shut down for more than just a week as his groin issues have became much too serious to play a fully 90 minutes on a consistent basis.
His ongoing groin problems which had flared up after Spain’s recent friendly in Ecuador and caused him to miss the 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, made surgery inevitable.
After the Super Cup, Martinez had told reporters: “I can play for 20, 30 minutes okay but then I have problems and am in pain time and time again.”
Bayern are now very weak at the central midfield position, having already sold Luiz Gustavo to Bundesliga foes Wolfsburg and are missing the services of transfer Thiago Alcantara until November. Mario Götze is also out for three weeks alongside Martinez, putting the pressure on Bastian Schweinstager to shoulder the load for the Bavarians, but even he is going through fitness injuries after ankle surgery this offseason.