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Spain's Martinez to miss World Cup qualifiers due to injury
October 4, 2016 / 12:11 PM / a year ago

Spain's Martinez to miss World Cup qualifiers due to injury

Soccer Football - Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group D - Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain - 28/9/16 Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez in action with Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres Reuters / Sergio Perez

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez will be out for an indefinite period of time with an adductor muscle injury and will miss Spain’s World Cup qualifiers this month, the club said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old defender, who had played in every competitive match for the German champions this season, was injured in their 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Cologne on Saturday.

“He has been ruled out for the near future... and also called off his participation with the Spanish national team for their upcoming qualifiers in Italy and Albania,” Bayern said in a statement.

Spain, top of Group G on three points after one match, travel to Turin on Oct. 6 before taking on Albania in Shkoder three days later.

Bayern are top of the Bundesliga with as three-point lead having won five of their opening six games.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond

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