Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez has added to Pep Guardiola's growing injury woes after undergoing surgery on a persistent groin injury this afternoon, which is likely to see him sidelined for at least three weeks.
Martinez has been playing through the pain barrier for the past month with a groin problem, but opted to go under the knive today after suffering during a substitute appearance in last week's Uefa Super Cup win over Chelsea.
Under advice from club doctors Martinez has chosen to have corrective procedure performed during the international break, minimising the matches he will miss during a three-week absence from the first team.
The 25-year-old admitted that he has been unable to play a full match without considerable discomfort in recent months, deciding that an operation was the best course of action moving forward.
He told reporters: "I don't have any problem for 20, 30 minutes, but then I start feeling pain again."
Bayern boss Guardiola is without a string first-choice midfielders ahead of next weekend's Bundesliga clash against Hannover, with Thiago Alcantara out for at least six more weeks with a torn ankle ligament.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze are also doubtful for Bayern's Champions League opener against CSKA Moscow, which could see Guardiola continue to use captain Phillip Lahm in an unfamiliar central midfield role.
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