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Bayern Munich must decide if they want to buy players, not me - Guardiola

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng's injury impact on his team's season.

Bayern Munich are unlikely to delve into the transfer market on deadline day, despite losing Javi Martinez to injury, with manager Pep Guardiola saying it's up to the club whether they want to sign any new players.

The Spanish defender was ruled out of Bayern's 2-0 win over Hoffenheim on Sunday due to a knee injury which will see him face a spell on the sidelines.

However, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted that the injury was not too serious and said that no emergency cover was likely to be sought on Monday.

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With Jerome Boateng ruled out for up to three months, Bayern are short on backup in defence with Joshua Kimmich deputising on Sunday.

"Javi Martinez's injury will only be a matter of weeks, not months,'' Rummenigge said, echoing the comments made by Bayern's director of sport Matthias Sammer before the game that the Spaniard will not be out for a long time.

"It is neither ruled out nor probable that somebody will come. We had given signing a new player great thought, even after Jerome Boateng's injury.''

Coach Pep Guardiola has not made any demands for new recruits, insisting he is happy with the players he has already got and praising 20-year-old Kimmich for the job he did on Sunday.

"He showed us once again that he can also play as a defender,'' Guardiola said. "He's quick, strong in the air. He's a sweet, sweet lad.''

And if Kimmich were to fall foul of the club's current injury curse, Guardiola has another idea.

"We also have Manuel Neuer who can play in that position,'' joked the Catalan, whose side are once again eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. In just over three weeks, they travel to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

By then he will hope to have Martinez back and Medhi Benatia.

"Benatia needs about two or three more weeks before he is fully fit again,'' Guardiola added. "Boateng will be out for longer but Javi won't be out for long.

"If the club want to sign a new player, that's their thing, not mine.''


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