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Javi Martinez is hurt, but how bad?

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Javi will miss Spain’s World Cup qualifiers due to an adductor injury, but it remains unclear how seriously hurt he is.

Bayern Muenchen v 1. FC Koeln - Bundesliga Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that Javi Martinez will not participate in its upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Italy (October 6) and Albania (October 9) because of an adductor injury in his left hamstring.

Martinez had played the full 90 minutes in Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw against Köln just this past Saturday. Rather than join the Spanish national team with his teammate Thiago, Martinez will stay behind to receive treatment in Munich.

The severity of the injury, however, remains unclear. While the German sources Kicker and Abendzeitung say nothing beyond the mere fact of the injury, a report by quotes a statement by the RFEF that suggests Martinez may have suffered a much more serious torn adductor:

The medical staff of the German club informed the RFEF of the discomfort the player suffers currently [...] Ahead of the training camp, medical tests were carried out where it was confirmed the player has a torn adductor on the left hamstring, whereby it has been decided it is best for him to miss the upcoming games.

A serious injury to Martinez would throw a major wrench in Carlo Ancelotti’s current center-back rotation between Martinez, Boateng - who recently recovered from an adductor injury of his own - and Mats Hummels. Since Holger Badstuber remains unavailable, another injury may force David Alaba or Joshua Kimmich to take up the burden.