Bayern midfielder Martinez plays down injury fears

Javi Martinez is set to miss Bayern Munich's hosting of Celtic in the Champions League, but the Spaniard says his lay-off will be brief.

Published : Oct 15, 2017 02:37 IST

Javi Martinez after suffering a shoulder injury.
Javi Martinez after suffering a shoulder injury.

Javi Martinez after suffering a shoulder injury.

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez played down fears of a long-term injury absence after he was forced off with a shoulder complaint against Freiburg on Saturday.

The 29-year-old required treatment following a heavy collision and left the field in pain with 20 minutes remaining.

Speaking after the match, returning Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes confirmed the Spaniard is likely to miss Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Celtic.

But Martinez took to social media to insist his lay-off would be a brief one.

"It won't be a long pause, just some days to be back," he wrote. "Anyways, very happy for the victory and proud of my team-mates."

Bayern went on to win 5-0 at the Allianz Arena as it reduced Borussia Dortmund's lead atop the Bundesliga to two points.

The Bavarian outfit also sits second in Champions League Group B, ahead of Celtic on goal difference.

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