The injury crisis at struggling German giants Bayern Munich worsened today as Croatian striker Ivica Olic pulled out of this weekend's clash with Hanover with a broken nose.
"I can't breathe properly and won't be able to play against Hanover," Olic told the Bild daily's online edition. He underwent an operation on Tuesday in Munich.
The 31-year-old picked up the injury during Croatia's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying match against Israel on 9 October, leaving the pitch in Tel Aviv with blood streaming down his face.
The defending Bundesliga champions are also without their captain, Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel, his compatriot and star attacking midfielder Arjen Robben, Germany striker Miroslav Klose and French international Franck Ribery.
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is also uncertain for Saturday, as is Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten. Other casualties include defenders Diego Contento and Brazilian Breno, plus Austrian midfielder David Alaba.
Bayern have lost their last two league games, have picked up just eight points from their first seven Bundesliga outings and are already 13 points behind surprise leaders Mainz in 12th place. Hanover are third.