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Injury update: Javi Martinez leaves Sabener Strasse on crutches, could miss Leipzig game

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Javi is now a doubt for the RB Leipzig match. GREAT.

FC Bayern AUDI Summer Tour 2018 - Day 5
MIAMI, FL - JULY 27: Injured Javi Martinez (L) of FC Bayern Muenchen pauses next to team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt during a training session ahead of the team's friendly match aganst Manchester City on Saturday during the FC Bayern AUDI Summer Tour on July 27, 2018 in Miami, Florida.
FC Bayern AUDI Summer Tour 2018 - Day 5 MIAMI, FL - JULY 27: Injured Javi Martinez (L) of FC Bayern Muenchen pauses next to team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt during a training session ahead of the team’s friendly match aganst Manchester City on Saturday during the FC Bayern AUDI Summer Tour on July 27, 2018 in Miami, Florida.
(Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Here we go again. This is the last thing people want to here, but it looks like Javi Martinez might miss out on Bayern Munich’s weekend clash against RB Leipzig. Per a report by Bild, the Spaniard was forced to leave training early after sustaining shin splints from taking a decent knock to his tibia. This comes just a day after he took an elbow to the face, forcing him to end training prematurely.

Per the report, after receiving the knock to his tibia, Martinez was carted off the training pitch at Sabener Strasse and taken in for medical assessments conducted by Dr. Hans Müller-Wohlfahrt. He was with Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt for about an hour and a half before being spotted leaving Sabener Strasse on crutches with painkillers in his hand. The official diagnosis is mild shin splints with an irritated nerve and Martinez told Bild, “I do not know if I’ll be fit for Saturday [vs. Leipzig].”

Other Injury Updates

Both Manuel Neuer and James Rodriguez have been recovering from respective calf injuries. Neuer completed training for the first time earlier today since sustaining his injury in Bayern’s 4-1 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf last month and James completed individual training. Neuer did not take part in the goalkeeper’s main session, but it’s a good sign to see that he was still able to train individually. There’s still two more sessions before Bayern head to Leipzig, so both Neuer and James are in contention and expected to make the match-day squad.

Jerome Boateng also trained individually today. The center back may have picked up a slight knock in Bayern’s 3-1 win over Hannover 96 last weekend, in which he started and played the full 90 minutes. It’s likely that Niko Kovac will opt for Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels to start against Leipzig, but hopefully Boateng’s injury isn’t anything serious that could put him out for an extended period if aggravated.