Bayern trio injured in Super Cup win
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Bayern Munich have to pay a heavy price for their UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea on Friday night with the loss of three players to injury.
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Midfielders Arjen Robben, Javi Martinez and Mario Gotze will all miss training next week, with Germany international Gotze ruled out for three weeks.
Spain international Martinez, who scored Bayern’s last-gasp equaliser, stretched a knee ligament and will miss out team training for the next five days.
Club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt also ordered a three-day rest for Robben, who was substituted with a swollen knee six minutes into extra time.
Gotze, who has just returned from a three month absence, suffered most and is set to miss another three weeks of action. He twisted an ankle in the challenge that saw Ramires sent off after receiving two yellow cards and will be in plaster for a week, needing a further 14 days of rehabilitation before returning to team training.
Subsequently the former Borussia Dortmund man had to pull out of the Germany squad for their next run of World Cup qualifiers against Austria and the Faroes Islands. Gotze will not be the only Bayern player to miss the qualifiers.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 98 caps, who already had to pull out of the Chelsea clash, will not travel to the Germany team and will have to wait for his 100th cap.