Martinez set to return in March

Bayern München have announced that Javi Martinez has undergone surgery on his injured knee, which will keep him on the sidelines for roughly four weeks.

The 27-year-old centre-back was absent from the starting line-up against TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday, which raised a few eyebrows before it was later revealed that he had sustained a knee injury.

With fellow defenders Jerome Boateng and Medhi Benatia also on the treatment table, Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola decided to bring in cover with the loan signing of Serdar Tasci from Spartak Moscow.

Martinez allayed fears after the 2-0 win over achtzehn99 that the problem would keep him out of action for an extended spell, and the club confirmed on Tuesday the Spaniard was expected to return early next month.

The Bavarians said on their Twitter account: “Successful knee surgery for @Javi8martinez, but the defensive all-rounder is out for around 4 weeks. Get well soon!”

The former Atletico Madrid man is set to miss the Bundesliga games against Leverkusen, FC Augsburg, Darmstadt and VfL Wolfsburg, as well as the UEFA Champions League last-16, first-leg tie away to Juventus.