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Medhi Benatia on Injury: "I'm unavailable for 2-4 weeks"

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The Moroccan defender could miss crucial knockout matches for Bayern in April

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Medhi Benatia, by his own admission, will miss two-to-four weeks with an injury he suffered in the first half of Bayern Munich's DFB-Pokal quarterfinal victory against Bayer Leverkusen. The club has yet to confirm the diagnosis of the injury.

The Moroccan defender pulled up gimpy after extending his right leg to try and win a ball in midfield in the 32nd minute. He then held the back of his right leg, motioning to the sideline for a substitution. He walked straight to the locker room once Pep Guardiola was able to bring on Sebastian Rode in relief.

Benatia, who came in the summer on a €26 million fee from AS Roma, has struggled with his fitness in his first season with Bayern. He has already missed 39 days with various muscular tweaks, pulls, and tears. Guardiola will have to rely on Holger Badstuber, Jérôme Boateng, and Dante in defense as Benatia heals.

In the time Benatia projected he would be out, Bayern have two legs of the Champions League quarterfinals against FC Porto to handle, as well as Bundesliga match days against clubs in the top half of the table. He can only hope he is fit enough for selection in what could be a critical stretch of the season at the end of April.