Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez has been ruled out of action for up to two weeks after breaking his right hand.
The former Manchester United striker fell down a flight of stairs at his home and is now expected to miss Leverkusen’s opening match of the new Bundesliga season as well as two World Cup qualifying matches for Mexico.
The 28-year-old, who has excelled for Leverkusen following his £7.3 million switch in 2015, after a year on loan at Real Madrid, underwent successful surgery following the unfortunate incident.
Leverkusen released a statement on their site confirming the news, while also ruling Lars Bender out of the club’s clash with VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
“Bayer 04 will have to manage without Lars Bender and Chicharito in Saturday night’s Bundesliga opener away to Borussia Monchengladbach,” the statement read.
“Bayer 04 skipper Bender suffered an ankle injury playing for Germany in the Olympic final against hosts Brazil on Saturday. The extent of the injury was revealed in an MRI scan by team doctor Dr. Burak Yildirim at the Mediapark Clinic in Cologne.
“Chicharito broke his right hand falling down the stairs in his flat last night.
“The Mexican underwent a successful operation performed by professor Bertil Bouillon, senior consultant for emergency surgery at Merheim Clinic.
“Chicharito will not play at Monchengladbach with the two players likely to be sidelined for at least two weeks.”
Hernandez, who opened his account for the season in the 2-1 win over Hauenstein in the German Cup on Sunday, scored 26 goals in 40 appearances for Leverkusen last season en route to a third-place league finish.
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