Injured Leverkusen captain Bender out three weeks

The Germany defender limped out of Tuesday's 4-2 German Cup win at home to Werder Bremen and a scan has revealed a torn groin.

Lars Bender of Leverkusen gets medical treatment during the DFB Cup quarterfinal match between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen at BayArena.   -  Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen suffered a blow on Wednesday as its captain Lars Bender is expected to be sidelined for the next three weeks with a groin injury.

The Germany defender limped out of Tuesday's 4-2 German Cup win at home to Werder Bremen and a scan has revealed a torn groin.

Leverkusen is second only to runaway leader Bayern Munich in Germany's top flight after losing just once in its last 19 games in all competitions.

The 28-year-old, who made the last of his 19 appearances for Germany in 2014, has played in 15 of Leverkusen's 21 league games this season.

The right-back has been the cornerstone of Bayer's defence.

At the end of January, Bender extended his Leverkusen contract until 2021, but is now set to miss its forth-coming league games against Hertha Berlin, Hamburg and Schalke 04.

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