Bayern midfielder Martinez plays down injury fears

By Matt Dorman 15 October 2017
Bayern midfielder Martinez plays down injury fears

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 they reduced Borussia Dortmund's lead atop the Bundesliga to two points.

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

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