Toni Kroos expected to miss six to eight weeks

Joern Pollex

The midfielder tore his right adductor muscle against Juventus in Tuesday's Champions League match.

Bayern Munich have announced that midfielder Toni Kroos will miss anywhere from six to eight weeks after tearing the adductor muscle in his right hip against Juventus in Tuesday's first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

Kroos, 23, pulled up lame after only fifteen minutes and had to be substituted. Thankfully, Bayern's depth has been one of the bright spots for the club this season. Arjen Robben came on and put in a great performance on the way to being named man of the match by UEFA.

Jupp Heynckes is quoted as saying, "Obviously, this is a severe blow. A lot will be decided over the next two months." The manager had not heard the official diagnosis when he commented that he thought Kroos would be out "for a very long time. It's a real shame, especially for such a young player who's been top-class this season."

Building depth was an important thing for the club last summer, and Bayern do have the depth to absorb the loss of Kroos, if necessary, for the remainder of the season.

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