Bayern Munich: Manchester City blow for injured Holger Badstuber

Holger Badstuber
Holger Badstuber injured his knee against Borussia Dortmund on 1 December 2012 and suffered another setback in May 2013

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber will miss Manchester City's Champions League visit on Wednesday after being told he needs a thigh operation.

The German, 25, who has just returned after 20 months out with a knee injury, pulled up during Saturday's 2-0 win over Stuttgart.

"I will come back and carry on from where I had got back to after my long injury absence," he said.

New signing from Roma Mehdi Benatia could replace him against City.

It was initially thought Badstuber had only strained his thigh, but a test on Sunday revealed he had torn muscle tendons.

Holger Badstuber
Holger Badstuber won 30 caps for Germany before tearing his cruciate ligaments

"Of course I'm very disappointed right now," said the 25-year-old on his club's website. "But I'm now used to it and I know how to deal with such situations. I will not give up."

Badstuber had been highly praised by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola for his performances this season.

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