Martinez stretchered off in Dortmund clash

The Spaniard collided with Marcel Schmelzer in the first half of the DFL-Supercup match and initial reports claim he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament

Bayern Munich have been dealt an early-season injury blow after Javi Martinez was stretchered off in the DFL-Supercup clash with Borussia Dortmund.

The Spaniard was involved in a collision with BVB defender Marcel Schmelzer shortly after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had given Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead.

The former Athletic Bilbao man went down immediately clutching his knee and was unable to continue, being replaced by Dante shortly afterwards.

First change of the game. @dante_bonfim comes on for the injured @Javi8martinez. All the best Javi! #BVBFCB 1-0 (31′)

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 13, 2014

Initial reports in Germany claim that the Spaniard has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, but the club are yet to confirm the extent of the injury.

Guardiola had started the match with Martinez, a midfielder by trade, in a defensive role as Pep Guaridola looks to experiment with a 3-4-3 formation.

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