Boateng set for lenghty spell on sidelines

Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng will be out for longer than initially expected after sustaining an adductor injury during his side’s 2-1 win over Hamburger SV on Friday. 

Boateng suffered the injury in the 56th minute of the match and had to be substituted off as a result. 

Bayern initially branded Boateng’s injury as a groin problem and listed him as doubtful for next week’s clash with TSG Hoffenheim. 

However, after the 27-year-old underwent an MRI on Saturday, Bayern confirmed that he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. 

"Bayern will have to make do without the services of Jerome Boateng for now," a statement on the club’s official website said. "The centre-back sustained a muscular problem in the adductors of his left leg in the restart of the Bundesliga against Hamburg on Friday and awaits a longer spell on the sidelines, an MRI scan on Saturday has revealed."

Boateng’s injury is a major blow for Bayern as centre-back Medhi Benatia and wing-back Rafinha are also out of action with a torn muscle and knee injury respectively.