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Injury scare for Bayern's Javi Martinez

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez suffered an injury scare after a challenge from team-mate Jerome Boateng in training.

On Tuesday Germany defender Boateng caught Martinez with a tackle on the ankle, forcing the Spain international to miss the rest of the session. The former Athletic Bilbao player was diagnosed with a sight strain and should be able to take part in Friday's game against Borussia Moenchengladbach, Bayern's final Bundesliga fixture before the winter break.

"I was too late and hit his ankle," Boateng explained to AZ. "With those cold temperatures this can be painful. But things like that happen in training. I have spoken with him and he said it is not that bad and he could return to training tomorrow."

Later on Bayern club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt told "Fortunately it is only a capsular strain."

On Wednesday Martinez was expected to not take part in the full training session and instead join Netherlands star Arjen Robben and Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who both returned do the training pitch on Tuesday, for individual running sessions.

Meanwhile, Hamburger Morgenpost linked Bayern Munich to Hamburg's 16-year-old youth-team midfielder Levin Oztunali. Oztunali is the grandchild of Hamburg and Germany legend Uwe Seeler.

"We know they showed an interest," said the head of Hamburg's youth academy, Bastian Reinhardt. "We take it seriously, and are working on keeping him in Hamburg. We believe he can take the step into the first team."

Oztunali is the son of Seeler's daughter Frauke, who is married to Mete Oztunali, a Hamburg youth coach.

"Levin is a different player than his granddad," Hamburg's Under-15 coach Frank Engel said. "Uwe played great up front, whereas Levin comes from deep midfield."


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