Javi Martinez was injured at Bayern Munich at practice today as the Spanish midfielder suffered a knock to his knee when he collided with young talent Angelo Stiller, who plays for the Bayern U-19 squad. Unfortunately, the blow was serious enough that it forced Martinez to leave training, but there is no word yet on the exact extent or severity of the injury.
Kleine Schreck-Sekunde im Kovac-Training: Im Abschlussspiel prallt @Javi8martinez mit dem rechten Bein ans Knie von Talent Angelo #Stiller - mit Problemen im rechten Knie muss der Spanier leicht humpelnd in die Kabine #FCB— BILD FC Bayern (@BILD_Bayern) July 17, 2018
Little Fright-second in the Kovac-training: In the final game bounces @Javi8martinez with the right leg to the knee of talent Angelo #Stiller- left with problems in the right knee the Spaniard and hobbled into the cabin #FCB
Stiller, a 17-year old defensive midfielder, undoubtedly did not have this in mind when he envisioned some day making news for the Bayern first team. The injury comes at an awful time for Martinez and club as Die Roten is about to open up its preseason friendly schedule against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday at the Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria before continuing the International Champions Cup series tour in the United States against Juventus (Philadelphia - July 25th) and Manchester City (Miami - July 28th).
Already a bit shorthanded due to so many players on holiday after participating in the World Cup, the Bayern roster for the tour could be even thinner if the injury to Martinez is serious.
As more details are released on the status of Martinez, we will update this post.